Regional Education Advocacy Manager
Great Lakes Regional Center – Ann Arbor, MI
Julia Liljegren is the Regional Education Advocacy Manager at the National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes Regional Center based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her focus is on inspiring and empowering people of the Great Lakes region to integrate nature into their daily lives and building the capacity and opportunities for them to do so.
She is responsible for developing state and regional strategies and initiatives to connect people – especially children – with nature, advocating for implementation of those strategies and initiatives, and developing collaborations among agencies and organizations to advance people’s abilities to connect with and understand the great outdoors.
Before coming to NWF, Julia was the Executive Director of the Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce as well as the Environmental Education Instructor at Maple Tree Montessori Academy. Previously she founded and served as the Director of Communications for Stone Soup Communications – an interpretive communications company that worked to build awareness of the missions and messages of environmental and cultural organizations. Julia’s background also includes Public Affairs work for a forest preserve district in Illinois and work as an educator at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.
Julia has won national awards in public relations and for educational products she developed. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in English and Communications, has served on committees with the National Association for Interpretation, and acted in a multitude of capacities to foster stewardship of our natural world.