Julia Smith joined the Association of American Universities in 2010, and is currently the Senior Federal Relations Officer. She is responsible for funding and policy issues related to the humanities, the Department of Defense and USDA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.
She is also responsible for funding issues for the Department of Education's student aid, international, and graduate education programs. Her work related to these agencies includes monitoring legislation, participating in agency specific advocacy coalitions, engaging with both agency and congressional staff, and attending hearings.
AAU is a founding organization of the Golden Goose Award, and Julia serves on the steering committee for the Award. She has managed the annual ceremony and related activities each year since its inception.
Prior to joining AAU, Julia worked on President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. She volunteers with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and the Human Rights Campaign, both of which are headquartered in Washington, DC.
Julia received her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She spent a year studying the philosophical works of Ludwig Wittgenstein at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England.