Julie Asher

Associate Partner, ECSO

Julie leads the day-to-day management of the Early Childhood Support Organization Initiative. She’s responsible for implementing this bold public-private partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, overseeing investment selection, providing portfolio support, and leading communication and convenings for the ECSO cohort and key stakeholders.

In high school, Julie volunteered in an early childhood program, experiencing the great potential and joy in a classroom of young children. Since then, she has been inspired to learn about the development of and work to advance equity for our society’s littlest ones.

Julie started her career in Massachusetts helping early care and education professionals understand the state legislative process and how to be advocates in that process. After graduate school, she served in key policy positions for New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services, playing a role in the development of citywide plans for early care and education and child welfare. At Robin Hood, Julie shaped and grew the foundation’s early childhood portfolio, working with some of the best-in-class nonprofits in New York City to improve and expand their impact. Returning to the Boston area, Julie joined Harvard’s Center for the Developing Child and focused on facilitating partnerships between researchers, practitioners and policymakers to apply the science of child development in new ways. Most recently, Julie served as deputy director at Silver Lining Mentoring, leading organizational strategy and operations.

Julie is an explorer of local food establishments, nearby woods and far-flung hiking destinations.