Julie Burns

Senior Director of Communications & Administration

Julie develops and implements communication strategies that broaden the impact of the Foundation’s activities and oversees organizational messaging. She is also responsible for the Foundation’s strategic planning process, as well as the coordination and administration of the operating budget.

Prior to joining Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts in September 2010, Julie worked for Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino in various roles, including deputy chief of staff, director of the Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events, president of the Fund for Boston Neighborhoods, and executive director of Boston 2004, Inc., the not-for-profit, non-partisan corporation created to organize Boston’s preparations for the Democratic National Convention. 

Her other professional experience includes positions at the law firm of Holland & Knight in the government affairs practice, the Dewey Square Group, a grassroots and communications consulting firm, and the United States Senate in the office of Senator Charles S. Robb (D-VA).

Julie serves on the boards of the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, Dress for Success Boston, and the John F. Kennedy Library New Frontier Network.  Julie received her bachelor of arts in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, has a graduate certificate in public relations from Emerson College and has completed senior executive programs at Babson University, Bentley University, and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.