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Julie Fry

Program Officer, Performing Arts Program

Julie Fry

Julie joins the Hewlett Foundation with over 20 years of arts and business experience. Most recently, she was Associate Vice President, Fund Services at The San Diego Foundation, and the first director of The San Diego Foundation's Arts & Culture Program, where she developed strategies to engage more donors and community members to support the arts in San Diego through research, community outreach events, and funding partnerships. With a Working Group of committed community leaders, Julie oversaw a planning process and outreach strategy to meet the most critical needs of San Diego's arts nonprofits and develop effective grantmaking priorities.  This included major research into regional cultural participation as well as arts education provision in San Diego County's 42 school districts.

Previously, Julie was Director of Arts & Business Programs at the San Diego Performing Arts League. There she expanded its Business Volunteers for the Arts and Technology for the Arts programs and established the Lawyers for the Arts, National Arts Marketing Project and OnBoard: Arts Board Development programs. Prior to moving to San Diego, she worked for the Business Arts Council in San Francisco and Business in the Arts: North West in Liverpool England, building arts and business partnerships and providing management consulting services to arts and culture nonprofits.

She received her BBA in Economics and French from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and her MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. Julie has served on arts boards in the US and UK, and most recently was on the board of San Diego Grantmakers.

Read "Foundations" – A Q&A with Julie Fry