Barrio Logan Policy Advocate
A first-generation Chicana, Julie grew up in City Heights and now lives in Barrio Logan, both environmental justice communities. She and her family have experienced firsthand the harmful effects of institutionalized racism, including discriminatory land use, lack of protection for domestic workers, over-policing of communities of color, and the prison industrial prison complex.
After 20 years of providing administrative and project management support in the engineering, construction, and real estate development fields, Julie left the private sector to focus on advancing racial justice in San Diego. She joined the grassroots organization People Over Profits San Diego to effect criminal justice reform and led the organization’s efforts on the statewide Free the Vote coalition which successfully restored voting rights to people on parole, and their efforts with the Close the Concentration Camps Coalition.
In 2018, Julie joined Environmental Health Coalition to focus her efforts on fighting environmental racism in her beloved community. She works to acquire funding and advance policy to reduce toxic pollution, improve health disparities, create affordable housing, and design safe streets in Barrio Logan and Logan Heights.
Julie spends her free time with her three children, writing poetry, and performing spoken word at various venues. Her poetry has been published in Acentos Review, Anacua Literary Arts Journal, and Azahares Literary Magazine.