Julie roots for humans. She works to help humans thrive. She has degrees from Stanford, Harvard Law, and California College of the Arts, but she's not done learning. She plans to learn and grow until she draws her last breath. She lives in Palo Alto, California with her beloved life partner of 34 years, their itinerant twentysomethings, and her mother.
What did you do prior to running for office?
I’ve been a corporate lawyer, a Stanford dean, an author of bestselling nonfiction books, a TED
speaker, and a board member on over a dozen non-profit boards. Along the way I married my
boyfriend and we just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. Together, we raised two kids with the help of my mother.
What inspired you to run for office?
At a national level, this American moment has been freaking me out, making me afraid for my
future and that of my children, and motivating me to think about leaving the country. But then I
realized that so much good can and must be done at the local level, such as in my city, which has
an affordable housing crisis such that young adults, workers, and seniors are priced out. My
amygdala was making me freeze or want to flee for awhile there, but instead, I’m staying put and
fighting for what I believe in.
What did you have to think through as you prepared for the run?
The obvious answer is: Why do people think I can do this, and do I think I can do this? If so, what’s my “why” on the issues and my qualifications, and how can I articulate that succinctly?
But the more tactical considerations include: What does it take to be a candidate, let alone to
lead, if elected? What topics do I need to come up to speed on, and who can help me learn it all?
How much do I need to raise, and what’s the best way to spend tho