Julie O'Brien

President of the Board

Julie is president and founder of Barrett Global Strategies, and a lecturer in Global Affairs at Yale University’s Jackson Institute. Her specific interests include food security and hunger, and the role of the private sector in addressing complex social issues.

After a successful career leading coffee marketing for a multinational chain, she shifted her focus to international development and served more than a decade on the leadership teams of Management Sciences for Health and Grassroot Soccer, and as a senior communications adviser to Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health. As a 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. She has led marketing, advocacy, and strategic communication efforts in more than 20 countries on five continents, and works with Fortune 100 companies, governments, foundations, and NGOs to build high impact partnerships.

She co-authored several articles including "The Role of Leadership in Human Resources for Health" (The Lancet), and has been an adviser to the Clinton Global Initiative, the World Bank, and NAFTA’s Commission for Environmental Cooperation. She sits on multiple boards and lives outside Boston with her husband and two sons.