Julia has worked at the University of Washington in Tacoma since 1997, where she has held positions as program administrator for Urban Studies (2000-2005, and 2012-present) and the Milgard School of Business (2005-2012). In her role with the Urban Studies program, she is positioned to help the program during its current phase of growth and development as well as manage general operations for the program. She has been nominated for the UW Distinguished Staff Award in 2016, 2011 and 2008, and won the UW Tacoma Distinguished Service Award in 2003. She has recently been recognized by the UW Tacoma Equity & Inclusion Office as an Outstanding Woman. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Colorado State University.