As the Senior Director, Gender and Financial Inclusion at CFI, Julia leads research and helps frame discussions within CFI as well as within the inclusive finance industry, and supports the overall management of CFI in collaboration with other senior leads at CFI. She leads a diverse research team that builds on and defines new areas of knowledge and evidence. Before joining CFI, Julia was a Financial Inclusion and Livelihood Specialist at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). In this role she designed, lead and supported research evaluations on women’s economic empowerment. Prior to this, she was a Financial Inclusion Consultant working with a diverse range of clients such as MetLife Foundation, where she provided financial inclusion expertise for planning and execution of the Global Inclusion Plus Summit in New York, CGAP, the World Bank, CFI, and others. Julia has a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon as well as a Master’s degree in International Development from American University in Washington, DC.