Julie Harris-Lawrence has more than 30 years of experience building strong teams of professionals, her work in bridging organizational, philanthropic, government relations, legislative and executive branches have led to significant policy and funding revisions.
Offering a rare blend of creative and operational strengths, Julie is recognized for her success in implementing a broad range of success initiatives. She currently serves as the Senior Director for Stakeholder Engagement and Advocacy for The College Board. Prior to that she was the Lead Program Officer for Educate Texas where she directed strategic reform in effective teaching from the classroom to the capitol. Her considered approach to building a successful program is reflected in her work as Deputy Associate Commissioner for Educator Performance and Student Affairs at the Texas Education Agency where her focuses on communication and organization lead to the successful implementation of key policy decisions as well as oversight of 500 million dollars annually in discretionary funding. Her work at TEA included development of Commissioner’s rules and policy on a variety of subjects including District Awards for Teacher Excellence, teacher appraisal, administrator appraisal, master teacher curriculum development, juvenile justice and disciplinary alternative education programs, oversight of the state’s GED testing program, the state Job Corps program, educator performance standards, health, safety and crisis response programs, state data integrity audits, NCLB Title IV and Title IIA programs, grants and awards exceeding $28 million in health and safety issues affecting schools and students. As a senior member of the Austin ISD Curriculum team she led a set of academically unsuccessful campuses to record gains.
Julie Harris-Lawrence’s exceptional track record of improvement is based on her philosophy of total engagement in change. She is known for her ability to quickly identify and diagnose impediments linking policy, messaging and implementation together to ensure the work is “moved” forward. Julie currently leads a 39 state Advanced Placement Advocate cadre of 1500+ teacher leaders.