Assistant Vice President for Federal Relations
Julia Smith has served at AAU since February 2010. As Assistant Vice President for Federal Relations, she has primary responsibilities for funding and policy issues related to the humanities, Department of Defense research, and Department of Energy research. She shares responsibility for issues related to research costs and scientific openness and security, other regulatory and compliance issues, and communicating science effectively to broader audiences. She also staffs AAU’s Council on Federal Relations constituent group.
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.