Julie Sinai

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Finding new pathways to prosperity

As Vice President of Policy and California Initiatives, Julie advances the growth and adoption of social enterprise and its employment model as an equitable economic and workforce development solution by managing REDF’s flagship initiatives in California and advancing national, state, and local policy initiatives. Julie is responsible for designing and implementing ambitious policy plans that leverage national and local opportunities and engage a diverse array of public and private stakeholders.

Julie spent over three decades in the non-profit and public sector working for social and economic justice, with a focus on equity and access to education and economic self-sufficiency. She has extensive experience in policy development, advocacy and building strategic partnerships among all levels of education, workforce and economic development, and government.  During the Welfare Reform era of the mid 1990’s Julie developed policy and programs in child care and family support at a regional and national level with Bay Area counties, and then with the Insight Center for Community Economic Development (then known as NEDLC).

From 2003-2011, Julie was the policy advisor to the Mayor of Berkeley on youth and education, workforce development, job creation, and health and social services.  As Chief of Staff, she advised the Mayor on regional, state and federal policy development and was the responsible for intra- and inter-governmental and media relations.  Julie joined REDF after four and a half years working for UC Berkeley and then the California Community College system facilitating inter-segmental, cross-sector collaboration to increase opportunities for young people and adults to obtain education and career training.

Julie was born and raised in the Bay Area, received her B.S. in Community Service and Public Affairs at the University of Oregon and her Masters of Public Administration at University of San Francisco.  When she can, she enjoys traveling with her husband, visiting her son in NYC and her daughter who is attending University of Michigan (Go Blue!).