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We’re excited to announce that Julie Chavez Rodriguez will be keynote speaker at the 2018 California School-Based Health Conference! Currently State Director for United States Senator Kamala D. Harris, Julie is a longtime champion for immigration rights, health care, children, and other causes that intersect with school-based health care. Read Julie’s full bio below and register today for our conference—you don’t want to miss her speak on May 18 in Sacramento!

About Julie

Julie Chávez Rodríguez is the State Director for United States Senator Kamala D. Harris. In this role, Julie oversees all office operations across five district offices and serves as the Senator’s principal representative among constituents and elected leaders throughout California.

Previously, Julie was the Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Deputy Director of Public Engagement at the White House. In that capacity, Julie managed a team of associate directors working with leaders in the LGBT, AAPI, Latino, Veterans, Youth, Education, Labor, and Progressive communities and supported efforts to reform the nation’s immigration system, improve services for veterans, and increase access to affordable, quality health care, among other issues. Julie also worked in coordination with the White House’s National Security Council on efforts to normalize the United States’ relationship with Cuba, in addition to responding to the migration of Central American children and their families.

Prior to joining the White House, Julie served as the Director of Youth Employment at the Department of the Interior and the Deputy Press Secretary to former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. Julie was born and raised in California’s Central Valley, attended UC-Berkeley, and worked for the Cesar E. Chávez Foundation in Los Angeles for 9 years prior to joining the Obama Administration.