Julia Hurley is a program officer with the Institute’s U.S. government partnerships, policy, and strategy team, where she is responsible for managing and supporting development of U.S. government partnerships for USIP programs. She also conducts analysis on policy trends and legislation to support USIP senior leadership in strategic decision making and manages convenings and events with senior officials to elevate policy conversations relevant to USIP and national security. Her areas of expertise are humanitarian assistance, particularly related to the Middle East, as well as United States foreign assistance funding.
Hurley joined USIP in 2016 after founding Polithon, a policy startup focused on engaging young people in the policy making process. Prior to Polithon, she was a consultant in the Gaza Strip for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), where she led and managed a program bringing children from Gaza to the U.S. as part of their human rights education. She then worked in the UNRWA projects office as a generalist supporting proposal development, reporting, communications, and monitoring and evaluation. She also worked closely with leadership expert Simon Sinek on his books “Start With Why” and “Leaders Eat Last,” as well as in fundraising for Share Our Strength and the No Kid Hungry Campaign.
She holds an M.A. in policy management from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University and a B.S. in diplomacy and international relations from Seton Hall University. Hurley also studied Arabic at the Arabic Language Institute at the American University in Cairo.