A scientist by training, Julie brings an analytical, facts-based approach to policymaking that sets her apart. In 2016, Julie was recognized as a Leading Woman by the Annapolis Daily Record for her community involvement and professional accomplishments.
Julie has emerged as a leading progressive voice in just two terms as a Rockville City Councilmember. She has led key initiatives to enhance the quality of life in our diverse community.
Julie wants to bring this experience and drive to the Maryland House of Delegates.
Julie's proven track record includes:
Sponsored the Fostering Community Trust Act, which keeps local police focused on protecting our city rather than enforcing federal immigration laws.
Wrote and championed the city resolution to ban fracking statewide.
Protected public health by leading the charge to ensure smoke-free air in all city parks and outdoor dining areas.
Pushed for creative solutions to providing new affordable housing.
Advocated for adequate investments in Metro and for new public transportation, such as Bus Rapid Transit.
Fought to save your tax dollars by reforming city travel policies
Increased starting wages for Rockville's temporary and seasonal employees to be above the state mandated minimum wage.
Created a water conservation program that helps seniors on fixed incomes and low-income residents save on their water bills.
Led Rockville's Vision Zero initiative to dramatically improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and people in vehicles.
Helped Rockville to earn a perfect score on the Municipal Equality Index for LGBTQ rights.
Strengthened municipal animal cruelty laws.
Julie also serves as Council liaison to Rockville’s Traffic and Transportation Commission, Human Rights Commission, and Animal Matters Board. She is involved in regional planning through her participation on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Climate, Energy, and Environment Policy Committee.
Julie has been serving the public for a long time. Prior to her service on the Council, Julie:
- Served two terms on Rockville’s Environment Commission. During her tenure, she contributed to Rockville’s successful application to be certified as a sustainable city, only the second municipality in Maryland to earn this distinction.
- Chaired the advisory group to the Planning Commission that reviewed Rockville's policies on new development.
- Served as vice chair of the City Services and Budget Working Group that reviewed the City’s finances and made recommendations to ensure its long-term fiscal health while preserving critical services for residents.
- Member of the Watersheds Committee, including a term as committee chair. She contributed to several policies that protect drinking water quality and the environment.
- Volunteered as coordinator of the dog foster and adoption program for the Montgomery County SPCA.
Julie spent the last decade working on science policy, including as public policy manager for the American Institute of Biological Sciences, a non-profit organization devoted to ensuring that federal policymakers receive scientific information to inform their decision-making process. Julie has a Master’s degree in biology from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Boston University.
Julie and her husband Eric have resided in East Rockville for a decade. They have a three year old son.