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Julia Portillo

Finance and Operations Director

With a passion for driving organizational growth and efficiency, Julia has dedicated her career to advancing the mission of organizations and empowering teams to reach new heights.

As a results-driven leader, Julia has accumulated over ten years of hands-on experience in Administration (Finance, HR, and Operations). Her journey began at the University of Massachusetts, where she honed her skills and earned a degree in Political Science with a minor in Sociology, which helped her learn more about the complexities of societies, politics and governance.

Over the course of her career, she has consistently delivered transformative results. At Jobs to Move America, she spearheaded a remarkable organizational transition, guiding the establishment’s evolution into an independent 501(c)(3) entity. Her strategic acumen and collaborative approach ensured a seamless process, leaving a lasting positive impact on the organization’s sustainability and success.

Prior to her tenure at JMA, Julia held a significant position at Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) ─ Building Wreckers Local 1421. During her tenure, she exhibited her expertise by designing effective office policies, procedures, and systems that elevated the operational efficiency and effectiveness of Local 1421. Notably, Julia worked tirelessly alongside a team of organizers, mobilizing and supporting laborers in impactful actions.

At the heart of her expertise lies a deep understanding of financial dynamics and the ability to optimize operations—her relentless pursuit of streamlined processes and cost-effective solutions helped to maximize resources without compromising quality.

Beyond professional achievements, Julia is a passionate social and economic justice advocate. Her direct involvement in the labor movement from a young age instilled in her a profound commitment to empowering working families and creating fair and inclusive workplaces. Julia has led JMA by example and strives to foster an environment of respect, diversity, and collaboration within every team she works with.