Dr. Julie Heifetz earned a Ph.D. (1990) at University of California Los Angeles in social anthropology and has applied social science principles and methods to solving demanding social problems. Her research and teaching focused on challenges and conflicts for Southeast Asian refugee adolescents and families in the resettlement/acculturation process. Her social action work in Los Angeles City government draws on the body of refugee/immigration literature and lessons learned in US immigrant communities. Dr. Heifetz consults for Winrock International/USAID in Asia and Africa conducting capacity-building training to advance education and economic development. A two-year position in Sri Lanka with Oxfam GB as manager/advisor of Promoting Women's Economic Leadership, was a successful micro-enterprise project empowering poor women coconut farmers. Her nine years in Los Angeles City government included a post at Commission on the Status of Women leading programs in coordination with the City Council and Mayor’s office to impact programs and policies on women and girls (gender-based violence and human trafficking). Contributing anthropological concepts/tools at Hagberg Consulting, she co-created a cultural assessment instrument enabling leaders to create more inclusive organizations. From 2011 to 2016, as Senior Global Manager at International Literacy Association she managed global literacy projects and forwarded evidence-based knowledge to multinationals and grassroots partners and civil society.
Currently consulting with international and domestic organizations on issues related to
women and girls empowerment, education, children and international development. Consulted with UN Women to support their outreach efforts and conference on homelessness and displacement.
Capacity building consulting in Nicaragua for women in the coconut sector seeking to market their coconut oil products.
Currently liaison for AARP to Los Angeles City Council to ensure seniors are involved and represented by City government.
Senior Manager of Literacy programs in US and globally. Managed teacher training projects in
Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, and Mali. Engaged with volunteers and USAID to ensure literacy programs were implemented in accordance with USAID Education Unit standards. Served as lead in proposal development with non profit partners and lead in business and partnership development.
Represented the organization on Capitol Hill and at DC and global conferences.
Senior Program Manager for Oxfam GB program entitled Promoting Women's Economic Leadership, a post tsunami program to move women up the value chain and ensure they are engaged as leaders in the coconut sector. Spearheaded the training of women in local villages in Sri Lanka to become entrepreneurs in the production of fiber for a variety of coconut products. Over 1300 women were trained and their income increased to enable them to support school materials and uniforms for their children. Community based organizations where women shared best practices expanded to include more members of the community and provide an income to greater numbers of families.
Oversaw programs for LA City and the Mayors office to promote women and girls in education, health and other fields and protect women against intimate partner violence and violence in the workplace.
Played leading role in the development of Commission Anti Human Trafficking Program involving law enforcement and social services providers who collaborated in efforts to combat trafficking in LA City and LA county. See CV for details of this and other programs managed.