co-founder & Co-director
Julie believes that compassion, determination, and grit, along with problem-solving skills, community development, and leadership can transform systems or norms that lead to social injustice. She imagines a world where women are both free and empowered.
As an innovative and entrepreneurial leader, Julie has built a career in that is holistically centered on women’s empowerment and high impact programs for social change. Her work as an Education Specialist with the U.S. Peace Corps (Rwanda, 2010-2012) fostered her passion for education, fusing both theoretical and technical education methodologies for rural Rwandan classrooms. Upon completion of the Peace Corps, Julie joined AmeriCorps as a Youth Mentor and Case Manager for an alternative pathways public school, serving pregnant and parenting teen moms in the Denver-metro area. Julie’s role grew her capacity for mentorship, leveraging community resources, and advocating for over 100 teen mothers looking to access government assistance and support.
Julie’s business acumen and value for relationship-oriented programs has propelled the success of TWB. Julie directs TWB projects throughout East Africa, managing partner relations and program development, consulting existing bakeries, and leading our dynamic team of trainers and store managers with visions for global expansion.
Julie is a master of languages (Kinyarwanda, Swahili), rock-climbing, and running the hills of Rwanda.