President of the Board
Julie O’Brien is a senior executive and social entrepreneur with a strong record leading and advising business, philanthropic, and government organizations through visionary growth and change. As Founder and Chief Strategist for InspiredUP, Julie works with CEOs and Senior Leadership teams ~ from idea to impact ~ to create sustainable growth strategies, build social impact platforms, and achieve leadership communication goals.
Julie has led strategic communication and development efforts in more than 20 countries on five continents. She has charted more than decade in the global health arena having served on the Leadership Team of Management Sciences for Health and Grassroot Soccer. As Sr. Adviser to the Afghan Ministry of Public Health, she also provided executive counsel to the Health Minister on leadership communications and public affairs helping to build trust in and use of the Afghan public health system.
Prior to joining the global health sector, Julie was a pioneer in the coffee industry – first as a roaster and small business adviser, and then as Marketing Director of Dunkin’ Donuts’ $1.2 billion coffee and business for which she initiated and led the policy team for sustainable supply chain management – long before “CSR” was “CSR”. An international speaker, and member of the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s International Relations committee, Julie advocated for sound business practices to create shared value for coffee producers and retailers.
With a BA from the University of San Diego and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School, Julie is a Lecturer at Yale University, and a guest Lecturer at Boston University’s esteemed School of Public Health. She co-authored several articles including The Role of Leadership in Human Resources for Health, and has been an Adviser to the Clinton Global Initiative, the World Bank, and NAFTA’s Commission for Environmental Cooperation.