Julie Bosland

Julie Bosland

As Chief Impact Officer, Julie Bosland works with Living Cities’ members and internal leads for city engagement and impact investing to ensure we are achieving our organizational impact goals. Since joining Living Cities in January 2017, Julie has focused on public sector innovation, corporate narrative change, and the active engagement of members and national partners to close racial gaps in income and wealth.

Julie has a passion for helping city leaders improve outcomes for all residents, with more than a decade of experience working directly with municipal officials through the National League of Cities (NLC). As part of NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education and Families, Julie supported local efforts to strengthen early learning systems, use data to drive better decision making, and help residents overcome barriers to work and build financial assets. As the founding director of NLC University, she launched the Big Ideas for Cities and Shared Wisdom for City Leaders series to promote municipal innovations and spread practical advice for local leaders.

Committed to public service, Julie served in the Mayor’s Office in Philadelphia, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the White House Domestic Policy Council. She also worked to catalyze widespread economic security and upward mobility at ThinkShift, an initiative of the DeBruce Foundation.

Julie earned her bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and her master’s in public affairs from Princeton University. She also spent a year in India studying methods of empowerment within the caste system as a Watson Fellow. Julie currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband and three children.


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Collective Organizing Toward Narrative Change: An Interactive Timeline

Explore the timeline at the end of this post! Over the past four years, we have lived through so many events that have sparked, challenged or reshaped national conversations about race. Donald Trump was elected after a campaign characterized by xenophobia and racism, and during his term the country experienced both an uptick in hate crimes and a resurgence of …

Building an Ecosystem of Support for Local Governments to Advance Racial Equity

As residents are demanding racial justice and city leaders increasingly recognize that racial equity is integral to all of their priorities, it has never been more important that local leaders have an intentional ecosystem of support to meet their full range of needs, from data and research to training and policy support.  In late 2018, Living Cities and four other …

How 18 of the Largest Foundations and Financial Institutions Are Responding to COVID-19

No one in this country–and few around the world–remain untouched by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Like others, Living Cities and our members–18 prominent foundations and financial institutions working together to close racial gaps in income and wealth–have been seeking the best ways to respond to the public health crisis and resulting economic upheaval. Living Cities’ members responses to …

Lessons Learned from Regional Inclusive Economic Growth

We spoke with Living Cities members, partners and practitioners in the field to gather the critical lessons from past regional efforts in the US. We’ve shared why Living Cities is looking at a regional approach on inclusive economic growth in this reflection by Demetric Duckett, Associate Director of Capital Innovation at Living Cities. In order to learn from past regional efforts in …

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