Senior Director, Innovation & Impact
U.S. Hub: California | NORTH AMERICA
Julie Sesser has always had a passion for the Expanded Learning field. She is a product of “after school” having been raised by a single parent and spending time in both a before school and after school program throughout elementary and middle school. She’s emerged as a leader in the field through the diversity of experiences she’s had working as a site coordinator, direct service provider, regional lead and now as a state-wide contractor for technical assistance to the California Department of Education’s System of Support for Expanded Learning Programs. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from California State University Stanislaus and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from National University.
Julie has leveraged her past work as a regional lead to help develop innovative on-boarding strategies to support new System of Support Leads and provide additional strategies to develop a positive culture and collaboration within the regional System of Support teams tasked to support all regions throughout the state. Julie currently works as a Specialist for After School Assistance Providers Connect (ASAPconnect) and is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach. In addition, she is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) that is grounded in a transformational coaching approach.
She is committed to social justice and systems change. Julie is one of the founding members of Sisters Inspiring Change which was established to support younger women of color through mentoring and leadership development. She has previously served on the United Way Women’s Leadership Council and was the co-founder and former president of Murals in Motown. In addition, Julie is a BOOST Breakfast Club Blogger and has recently co-authored an article in AfterSchool Today. Currently she lives in the Bay Area, however, her heart will always be connected to her roots in California’s Central Valley where she was raised, and where her family continues to reside.