January 14, 2012
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Julie Quiroz

Photo: Xiomara Castro

I used to want to do big things.  Now I want to do small things with big vision.

Julie Quiroz is dedicated to discovering, generating, and telling powerful stories of social change.

As a Senior Fellow at MSC, she currently works in collaboration with Center for Media Justice on a multi-sector initiative to strengthen the strategic communications capacity of alliances and organizations. Julie has led projects such as a national assessment of state affirmative action initiatives and has provided writing and editorial leadership for a broad range of MSC publications.

Julie has written cover stories for The Nation (Let Freedom Roll: The Immigrant Freedom Rides, 2003), Colorlines (Missing Link: Bridging Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice, 2001), and Public Eye (Beyond Green Jobs, 2010).

Julie has researched and written reports including: From the Roots: Building the Power of Communities of Color to Challenge Structural Racism (Akonadi Foundation, 2009), Guide to Grantmaking with a Racial Equity Lens (GrantCraft/Ford Foundation, 2007), ReGeneration: Young People Shaping Environmental Justice (with Diana Pei Wu and Kristen Zimmerman, MSC, 2005), Changing the Rules of the Game: Youth Development and Structural Racism (with Daniel Hosang, Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity, 2004), Together in Our Differences: Newcomers and Established Residents Rebuilding American Communities (National Immigration Forum/Ford Foundation, 1995).

Prior to joining the MSC staff, Julie served as a Senior Program Consultant to the Akonadi Foundation and founded of mosaic consulting, where she led projects including the launch of the Bay Area Environmental Health Collaborative with the San Francisco Foundation. Julie’s organizational experience includes Center for Third World Organizing, Northern California Coalition for Immigrant Rights, and National Council of La Raza.

The middle child of an Ecuadorian father and a Kansas mother, Julie learned early how to read and question the subtle and complex narratives of migration, assimilation, race, class, and gender. This exploration led her to a double major in history and philosophy at Albion College and a Master’s Degree in history from Yale University.

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