Originally from Vermont, Julia has been living and working in Buffalo for the past four years. She is a first-year student in the University at Buffalo’s master of urban planning program, with the intention of specializing in neighborhood planning and community development. She received her bachelor of arts in international relations with a minor in anthropology from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. During the last five years, Julia has been working in the non-profit field to empower community members and lead development efforts to bolster racial, economic and climate justice. Julia has worked as a canvass director and project coordinator with the New York Public Interest Research Group, as the development specialist with People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo). In 2018, she began working as the organizer for grassroots development with Clean Air Coalition of Western New York. She looks forward to building on these experiences by concentrating her future research on current social issues facing Buffalo’s communities, such as development without displacement and post-industrial just transition planning. Julia is also an ambassador with the Girls Education Collaborative, a mentor with Jericho Road Community Health Center’s Priscilla Project, and a U16 girls’ soccer coach with Westside International Soccer.