A Washington native, Julie began her career in the King County Department of Elections in 2000 as a temporary phone bank employee. Over the past 19 years Julie has held multiple leadership positions across the organization including Deputy Director of Elections.
In 2015 Julie was elected King County Elections Director, a non-partisan position serving the 13th largest county in the nation by ensuring accuracy, security, transparency, and removing barriers in our voting system.
In her first term, Julie significantly expanded voter outreach and education through the Voter Education Fund, a government, philanthropic, and community partnership focused on voter access in underserved communities. She has massively expanded ballot drop-box locations adding 56 new boxes, and successfully added two additional languages options; allowing voters to access election services in five languages overall: English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese.
Most recently, in 2018 Julie worked with the King County Council and Executive to provide pre-paid postage for all registered voters throughout the county. Her leadership in removing this unnecessary barrier at the local level prompted statewide action resulting in pre-paid postage statewide.
Certified at both the state and national level, Julie has received local and national accolades for her work. She was the proud recipient of the Korean American Coalition’s Rocky Kim Pioneer Award, Washington Secretary of State’s Voter Outreach Award, and brought home the national Election Center Democracy Award for her innovative and inclusive approach to running elections.
Julie and her husband live near Enumclaw with their dogs, cat, chickens, and ducks.