Grassroots Environmental Program Officer Julie Jones comes back to the W. Alton Jones Foundation after a stint in Richmond serving as a Conservation Organizer for the Sierra Club. She first worked for the foundation as an intern while earning her B.A. in Government at the University of Virginia (1999). Throughout her studies and professional career, Jones has been a dedicated activist in the fight for healthy communities and an accomplished grassroots organizer. At the Piedmont Environmental Council, she helped create coalitions of farmers, conservationists and politicians working together to preserve farmland and other rural open space. As the regional coordinator for the Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC), Jones organized state and region wide conferences building a strong network of student environmental groups on college campuses in Virginia and neighboring states.
Her passion for environmental sustainability derives from a background as a life-long Virginia resident and nature enthusiast. She was raised on a beef farm on the Mormans River in Albemarle County in a family that first came to Albemarle County in 1751. "My family taught me the value of caring for the land and the importance of protecting it from threats. Working on the farm helped me develop a deep respect for fellow county farmers in their own battles to preserve family farms and natural resources." Jones now lives in downtown Charlottesville and walks to work.