Named as Interim President & CEO in May 2023, Julie Diaz joined The Dallas Foundation in 2019 with a distinguished four-decade career in the non-profit sector including education, arts and culture, and philanthropy. She most recently served as the Foundation’s Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, where she played a critical role in operations and philanthropic partnerships and managed the Foundation’s dramatic increases in contributions and grantmaking. Her attention to guiding important relationships with donors and fundholders, streamlining organizational efficiencies, and refining professional services has been pivotal to the success and long-term sustainability of the Foundation.
Over the course of her career, Julie has held significant leadership positions across a range of flagship organizations including The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Greenhill School, SMU, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the WGBH Educational Foundation. Her expertise encompasses human capital and leadership development, governance and organizational planning; revenue growth; capital and endowment campaigns, strategic marketing and communications, and operational excellence. Julie translates this wealth of knowledge and experience to her work at The Dallas Foundation, which includes partnering with a broad range of stakeholders to create measurable impact and drive results.
Julie received her BA from Salem College in Arts Management and an MBA from Boston University and has served as an adjunct professor in the MA/MBA program at SMU Meadows School for the Arts. She, along with her husband Andres and their two grown sons, is a long-time resident of Dallas.