Julia directs Posner Center’s development and communications strategies. She first joined the Posner Center community as an intern for iDE after returning from a Peace Corps Response assignment with the UN’s World Food Programme improving local capacity and field operations for food security, nutrition and gender equity programs in Guinea. Julia has led strategic development and organizational change across a wide range of business domains from marketing to supply chain, business intelligence, human resources and information technology. Among various leadership roles at IBM building global and emerging market capabilities, she was a VP of Business Transformation and IT based in India where she rolled out global programs in China, Eastern Europe and Africa, developed local talent and promoted the advancement of women. She holds a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.A. in Economics and French from Macalester College, studying in France at the University of Toulon and University of Rennes, Business School.