Julie Kruse joined Family Equality’s Public Policy team in August 2017, based out of Washington, D.C. As Director of Federal Policy, she plays a crucial role in implementing and expanding Family Equality’s public policy agenda, providing a strong voice for LGBTQ families on Capitol Hill.
Julie has over fifteen years of experience advocating for the LGBTQ community, immigrants, working families, and women and girls. Julie’s efforts have contributed to victories including relief from deportation for tens of thousands of LGBTQ immigrant families, ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and stopping discriminatory tax audits of low-income families. Prior to her career in advocacy, she developed job training and educational programs leading to high-wage careers for women and girls.
Julie was the founding Director of the National Community Tax Coalition. She served on the Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women in Illinois and chaired its Pay Equity Working Group. She has taught at the college and high school levels in the U.S. and in Latin America. Julie holds a master’s in education from Northwestern University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with Distinction in Honors Biology from the University of Illinois. She is a proud stepparent and grandparent.