Director of Operations and Programs

Julianna works with the Director of the Gund Institute to develop and implement institutional strategy and priorities. She leads programmatic development and equitable implementation, including funding competitions and professional development. With Program Specialist Bailey Rowland, she manages and stewards Gund’s budgets and financial resources. With Office Manager Ben Morgan, she makes sure our facilities and administration enable efficient research that inspires action. And with our many colleagues, we foster community and belonging across the Institute’s many diverse communities and people.

Julianna has been with the University of Vermont for ten years. Most recently, she coordinated research, finances, and reporting for the Lake Champlain Sea Grant, the Vermont Water Resources and Lake Studies Center, and the Northeastern States Research Cooperative. Previously, she supported research and communications about low emissions agriculture, a focus of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security. Prior to joining UVM, Julianna had more than her share of fantastic work experiences—office manager and special projects leader for Champlain Orchards in Shoreham, operations manager for a large, pan-West African USAID development program, natural resources and agriculture program developer for CARE in the Gulf of Guinea, women’s rural development extension officer with Peace Corps, high school teacher in Washington DC, teacher in north Baton Rouge in one of the first cohorts of Teach for America, and canvasser for CalPIRG. 

Julianna’s goal is for the Gund’s operations and programs to inspire and enable people, research, and action to address the urgent and complex environmental challenges we face today.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Operations, administration, budget, programs, strategy, diversity, belonging


  • Graduate Certificate in Editing, University of California Berkeley
  • BA, American Studies, University of Notre Dame


Office Location:

Farrell Hall, 210 Colchester Avenue