Julie Brown

Director of Advanced Learning
The Institute For Advanced Learning And Research

Julie currently serves as the Director of Advanced Learning at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville, VA, a position she has held for over five years. She is responsible for providing high-quality programs, aligned with economic development interests, which build the region’s STEM capacity and support lifelong learning. Julie provides management services to the Dan River Region Collaborative, a regional partnership, affiliated with the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, dedicated to working with employers to address workforce needs while moving individual employees to high-skill, high-wage situations. Julie serves as the Interim Project Director for the GO TEC initiative, funded by GO Virginia’s Region 3. This project develops career pathways, beginning in middle school, to sectors with economic development potential, including robotics, coding, engineering and advanced manufacturing. She is currently the Project Director for the Dan River Year and ServeIT AmeriCorps programs. She has over twenty-five years of experience in education, working for a public research university, two community colleges, and regional K-12 districts. Julie has extensive experience in federal grant reporting, program development, and fiscal accountability; she is currently managing over $5M in active grants and contracts. Julie earned her bachelor’s degree from The University of Virginia (Go Hoos!!), her Master’s from Longwood University, and her Ph.D. from Old Dominion University.

Julie serves on numerous Boards including Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania, the West Piedmont Workforce Development Board, the Danville Pittsylvania Community Services Board and Virginia Advanced Study Strategies. In her spare time, Julie, along with her family, own and operate 2 Witches Winery & Brewing Company in Danville, VA, the first co-located winery and brewery in Virginia.

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