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Julie is one of Nevada’s foremost social entrepreneurs. Throughout her two decades in public life, she has founded and advised a range of organizations that seek to improve the quality of life for those at risk by supporting hunger relief,educational outreach, public safety, and corporate philanthropy. She is well known for her passionate commitment to these causes and her leadership skills have helped create strong coalitions, bringing together stakeholders, elected
officials and philanthropists to solve our most pressing social problems.
Prior to launching Moonridge Group, Julie was founding president and CEO of Three Square, Southern Nevada’s food bank and distribution hub. Her dedication to increased hunger awareness and relief helped make Three Square a national model for the donation, rescue and redistribution of food from previously untapped sources such as grocery
stores and hotel chains.
In five short years, she led Three Square from a concept drawn up at her kitchen table to an operation that today distributes 16,000,000 meals annually through 600 program partners including non-profit and faith-based organizations,schools and feeding sites throughout Southern Nevada. Through her extraordinary fundraising abilities, Three Square
was able to expand its budget to $55 million annually, and joined the Feeding America network of food banks.
Prior to this, Julie served as the national campaign director for the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation where she led the $36 million founding capital campaign to build the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, a K-12 charter school that serves students from Las Vegas’ most at-risk neighborhoods.
She is also the co-founder and co-sponsor of the Las Vegas “I Have a Dream” Foundation, where she continues to serve on the board. In this role, she “adopted” 55 children in kindergarten through 3rd grade from a City of Las Vegas Public Housing Project, and committed to stay involved in their development through high school. Julie and her team
secured over $225,000 annually to help cover the cost of college for I Have a Dream” recipients. In the 15 years since they came under her wing, these children have achieved an 83% high school graduation rate — three times higher than their peer group, making the “I Have a Dream” project one of the most successful K-12 education models in the country.
Prior to her leadership in the non-profit industry, Julie served as a consultant to Harrah’s Entertainment (now Caesars Entertainment Corporation) providing guidance on their national strategic philanthropy for over seven years. During this period, she co-chaired the Model Assisted Living Advisory Committee with Nevada Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley, which built the country’s first senior citizens’ assisted living, affordable housing site utilizing BLM land.
In 2005, Julie was appointed by Governor Kenny Guinn to serve on the state’s Grants Management Unit housed in State of Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.
She also serves as a Board of Trustee Emeritus member for the University of Nevada, Reno, and immediate past president of the Board of Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Foundation, which she co-founded.
Her work has been widely recognized by the media, including a profile in the Los Angeles Times Magazine and numerous awards including “The Most influential Women in Nevada,” “Who’s Who of Nevada,” “Most Influential Nevadan,” “Alpha Kappa Alpha- Community Award,” and the “Athena Award,” which identifies individuals who have contributed to the success of women in leadership positions.
Julie is a mother of three and a lifelong Nevadan who graduated from Bishop Gorman High School. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Communications from University of Nevada, Las Vegas.