Julia Lewis

Julia Lewis

Career Interests

Sustainable development and conservation of marine resources, marine pollution, corporate sustainability, public-private partnerships, marine industries and regulatory policies

Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Coastal Environmental Management

American University, Washington, D.C.
Minor: Global Health & Development

Professional Experience

Program Specialist, United States Dept. of Agriculture
National Institute of Food & Agriculture (NIFA) Center for International Programs, Washington, D.C.
Compiled technical reports summarizing NIFA grants to highlight international efforts to domestic and foreign audiences. Developed proven internal methods and systems to track, analyze, and summarize progress of over 20,000 projects. Led data mining team to dissect USDA grant data systems and generated educational success stories used to showcase the importance of international collaboration to our stakeholders, other federal agencies, and Congress. Supported and led unanticipated efforts from agency leadership to develop international agreements that created mutually beneficial results in agricultural research, education, and extension. Fostered new research partnerships with international groups and federal government partners (BARD-Israel, USAID, EPA, and FAO) in topics such as water management/quality/use, climate change, food waste, and youth development. Facilitated knowledge sharing between internal and external stakeholders on ideas including international agricultural development, research, teaching, and extension and organized trainings to educate agency staff on emerging topics. May 2012 – Aug 2015 (Student Intern June 2011 – May 2012)

Husbandry/Aquarist Volunteer, The National Aquarium, Washington, D.C.
Supported cold water aquarist team during routine medical exams/operations, moving procedures, and food preparation and ensured habitat quality through testing and treating (ex: salinity measures, pH buffering levels, and water quality). Served as aquarium educator to guests using knowledge of exhibits, habitats, animals, and marine conservation. Monitored behavioral actions and physical conditions of plant and animal species inside display and medical tanks. May 2013 – Dec 2013

Other Experience

DC People’s Garden Volunteer, USDA’s Executive Master Gardener Program, Washington, D.C. 
Specialized in school/community garden education, weekly farmer’s market events, nutrition/eating local education, and training in maintenance of organic and hydroponic systems. 2013-2015

International Programs Board Representative, USDA-NIFA Web Advisory Board, E-Grants Stakeholder Group, Rosetta Stone agency representative, Website Redesign Group, and the Inter-Agency USDA (Research, Education, and Economics) International Programs Group. 2012-2015

Panhel Judiciary Board Representative & Director of Rituals, Delta Gamma Fraternity. 2009-2012

Conservation Service Projects and Sea Turtle Research
Conducted sea turtle tracking, mangrove rehabilitation and planting. Received Presidential Service award for 100+ hours of service in the British Virgin Islands. 2007

Additional Information

Skills & Software: USDA Grant/Project Database systems, Drupal, ArcGIS, Tableau, Open LCA, EdGCM, Infographics. 

Certifications: SCUBA Certified; CPR/AED Certified; Completed Duke Marine Spatial Planning Advancement Training (2016)

Publications: Lewis, Julia. (chapter author). "Marine Tourism, Climate Change, and Resiliency in the Caribbean: Volume 2: Impacts and Responses of Tourism Sectors; Chapter 4: Cruise Tourism and Ports; Case Study 4.2:  Environmental Impacts of Cruise Tourism". (2017)

Leadership: Net Impact (co-founder of Nicholas School Chapter, 2016-2017); The Coastal Society (Secretary for Duke Chapter, 2016- 2017); USDA Executive Master Gardener Volunteer (2013-2015); USDA-NIFA (Board representative: Web Advisory Board, E-Grants Stakeholder Group, Website Redesign Group, and Inter-Agency USDA (Research, Education, and Economics) International Board, (2012- 2015)


coastal zone management
environmental compliance
international development policy
project management

Graduation Date

May 2017

Additional Resources

Preferred Sector

Business / Industry
Federal Government
Non-profit / NGO
State / Local Government