Julie Burton Women's Media Center President
Julie Burton is a veteran leader and activist for women’s rights and progressive causes.
For more than a decade, she was on the frontlines of the women's movement as the youngest CEO of a national pro-choice political action committee, Voters For Choice (where she helped elect and train hundreds of pro-choice candidates at the Federal and State levels). She co-founded and was the founding executive director of Choice USA, a national organization focused on developing the next generation of activists and leaders, expanding voter registration, and countering right wing efforts to limit women’s reproductive freedom.
She created the Women’s Council of People For the American Way and developed and ran Project Kid Smart to promote policies and political efforts for voluntary preschool education for all American children. Early in her career, she worked with pioneering legal activists at the National Women’s Law Center.
Throughout her career, Julie has gained public visibility, built grassroots enthusiasm, and raised money by involving artists in support of social change. She has produced high profile benefit rock concerts, music events and a CD with Sony Music called "Mary Had a Little Amp" to benefit various causes and support voter registration efforts. Recently, she worked with the producer of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Discovery Channel to produce a week of Climate Change events at the G20 meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the Green Group and US Climate Action Network.
Julie is a member of the Board of Directors of The Women's Media Center, the Advisory Council of Women@Paley of the Paley Center for Media, and on the Board of Advisors of Presidio World College. She is a Trustee to the Stewart R. Mott Foundation and a Board Member of Project Kid Smart. She has served on the boards of Project Kid Smart, the National Abortion Federation, the Bank Information Center (as founding board chair), and Choice USA. Former Mayor Willie Brown appointed her to the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women.
A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, she has lived in San Francisco, New York City, and currently resides in Washington, DC.