Julie is passionate about the power of story to enact positive social change, believes the stories we tell children shape the adults they become, and knows that quality children’s literature can change the world. Her 15-year international career in nonprofit management includes positions at the Philharmonia Orchestra in London; the Harry Potter Alliance; and Tandem, Partners in Early Learning, where she was the Development Director for six years. In 2019 she left to create her own consultancy helping nonprofits raise more funds, companies implement more social initiatives, and leaders be more effective: juliebartonconsulting.com
With a PhD in Literature and a MA in Children’s Literature, she has publications in The Journal of Children’s Literature Studies and Crossing Textual Boundaries in International Children’s Literature, and has presented at a number of international conferences. She taught at universities in the United Kingdom and Germany, and in London served for four years on the UK chapter of IBBY the International Board on Books for Young People (and is currently a committee member for USBBY, the US chapter).
A 2016 Leadership San Francisco Fellow and 2019 StartingBloc Social Entrepreneurship Fellow, she is a lifelong learner. She has been involved with New Leaders Council (the nation’s largest and oldest progressive training organization) since 2015 – first as a Fellow, then as a San Francisco Chapter Board Member, and is currently the National Advancement Chair and provides training around the country during LEAD weekends.
However, Julie is determined to never be too old (or too busy!) to read books written for children.