Julie Bunn

Julie Bunn

Executive Director
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Dr. Julie Bunn is a policy analyst and educator whose work and influence have spanned three sectors:  academia, government and nonprofits. Julie began her career as a research economist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor, in Washington, DC.  After receiving a PhD in economics from Stanford University, she taught on the economics faculty of Macalester College, served on its Long Range Planning and Budget Committee and Environmental Studies Program coordinating committee, and chaired its first committee on service learning and action research. 

Julie was a Policy Fellow of the Humphrey Institute Policy Forum at the University of Minnesota, and received a Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Affairs to the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Projects for both focused on active-student learning pedagogy and curriculum for the teaching of topics in applied economics and international affairs.

Known as an evidence-based policy maker, while serving in the Minnesota State Legislature (2007-2011), Julie chief authored and carried to successful passage important legislation, including establishing a nation-leading biomonitoring and health tracking program, new rules to protect groundwater sensitive to contamination, major healthcare reforms, and initiatives to spur small business development.  

Julie has also served as a policy, strategic, and fundraising advisor to political candidates and non-profit organizations.