Julie Bosland, Associate Director for Public Sector Innovation, joined Living Cities in January 2017. In this role, she leads the Project on Municipal Innovation, equips local leaders to close racial and income gaps, and supports Living Cities’ efforts to promote more inclusive local economies.
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’s Woodrow Wilson School. 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.