Ms. Allen began her career in education as an artist-in-residence for the Denver Public Schools. Upon moving from the classroom to educational administration, Ms. Allen served as Director of Education for Denver Community Schools.
From 1998 to 2002, Julie was Director of the Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she guided twenty-two higher education institutions in implementation of policies and programs that promoted a sustainable infrastructure for civic engagement and service-learning. While at UNL, Ms. Allen conceptualized and implemented the nationally recognized Nebraska Teacher Corps, involving over 1,500 classroom teachers across the state. The success of these efforts resulted in recognition for Outstanding Contributions To Students from the University of Nebraska Teaching Council and an award for Outstanding Contributions to Learn and Serve America by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Most recently, Julie served 15 years as the Chief Academic Officer at Boys Hope Girls Hope, In early 2014, she was named Vice President. While in this role, Ms. Allen created the college access program College Road, which was named as one of the top seven college preparation programs in the nation by the Educational Policy Institute.
Seeking to leverage years of experience educating and developing students into a new model of youth development, Ms. Allen founded Lead Up in early 2017. This new model continues a career-spanning commitment to helping young people take hold of their futures and realize their potential. Ms. Allen is a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University and the University of Denver.