Julie Van Domelen, EFAA’s Executive Director, is an expert in the fields of poverty reduction, social protection, safety nets, and community-driven development programs with over 25 years of worldwide experience. She comes to EFAA from the World Bank where she served as a Senior Economist and Lead Social Protection Specialist for 17 years managing multi-million dollar funding to Governments and community-based organizations in Latin America and Africa. She was one of the core team that led the World Bank to increase its support for interventions to reach the poorest households and communities to improve basic services and reduce vulnerability.
After leaving the World Bank in 2005, she has worked as a Social Protection and Safety Net Consultant on various international assignments for the World Bank and the United Nations. As Mayor of the Town of Lyons from 2009 to 2014, Van Domelen oversaw formulation and execution of a $5 million annual budget; developed key partnerships with local non-profits, county, state, and federal agencies; significantly increased community and volunteer engagement in local governance; initiated efforts in Lyons to address affordable housing and human services; and led the Town effectively through the initial response and immediate recovery efforts from the flood of 2013.
Van Domelen was born in Michigan, raised in Colorado, and returned to the state in 2005. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University and a Master of Public Administration from Princeton University. She is fluent in Spanish and French.