As part of our “Get to Know Groundwork” series, we've been spotlighting members of our amazing team. This week, we’re getting to know Julianna Moyer, who joined Groundwork Ohio in February of 2023.
Julianna serves as Groundwork’s Operations Manager. In this role, Julianna provides strategic operations support to Groundwork, including grant management, event coordination, and oversight of financial documentation processes.
Prior to joining Groundwork, Julianna spent several years in Washington, D.C., where she worked at a federal lobbying firm. There, she conducted research for clients and provided support to a team of several lobbyists.
Most recently, Julianna worked at a Columbus law firm in government affairs, collaborating primarily with public school districts, municipalities, and community broadband entities through lobbying and advocacy to advance their policy goals in Ohio. A certified grant writer, Julianna guided clients in identifying and pursuing potential funding opportunities to further educational initiatives and community development.
Julianna earned a degree in political science from Kent State University, where she participated in the Washington Program in National Issues (WPNI). Check out our Q&A with Julianna to learn more about why she’s a passionate advocate for young children and families in Ohio.
Q: What drew you to early childhood policy research and advocacy? Tell us more about your “why.” I credit a lot of my interest in advocacy and politics to my dad, who is a high school government teacher. He would let me sit in on his classes as a kid and listen to the discussions, and I think that is what sparked my interest in exploring how systems can affect outcomes and viewing policy as an avenue for positive change. I am personally passionate about early childhood education – it is one of the most important components of ensuring a child is set up to be successful. Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received or a lesson that you’ve learned that has helped you in this work? To listen – especially to those who have different lived experiences than yourself.
Q: What’s your motivating word for 2023? My word for 2023 is CONNECT – with others and myself. Q: When you aren’t advocating on behalf of young children and families, what do you enjoy doing? I enjoy hiking, sewing, yoga, and tending to my plants. Also spending time with my family and my cat, Maisie.
Q: Describe a scene from your vision of the future for Ohio’s youngest children and their caregivers. It is my dream that each child and family has the resources they need to thrive. The “whole picture” is aligned – basic needs are met, each child shows up to school ready and able to learn, families and caregivers are supported, systemic barriers are no longer, and each child and caregiver have the opportunities to reach their full potential. Connect with Julianna on LinkedIn or by Email.