Julie is a Principal Advisor for Larta's Commercialization Assistance Programs. She is an experienced technology executive and brings over 25 years in leadership roles ranging from startups to large Fortune 100 companies.
Julie is currently Academic Coordinator for the Food & Agriculture Immersion program at University of California Davis' Graduate School of Management. She previously led ag and food innovation activities for the university as Director of Technology Innovation at the World Food Center. Prior to joining UC Davis, she was with Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (MBI), an agricultural biotechnology company based in Davis, California. She was CFO of MBI from its founding in 2006 until 2011, when she assumed the role of VP Corporate Development and led the company's growing business development activities. During her tenure she raised $70M in capital and was an integral part of the team that completed the Marrone Bio Innovations' NASDAQ IPO in August 2013. Prior to MBI, she spent 15 years in management roles at Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Agilent Technologies. The majority of the time she was involved with corporate development activities, including numerous investments in emerging technologies, private and public company acquisitions, as well as several significant divestitures. Before joining the corporate development group she held various roles in marketing. Prior to HP, Julie worked with Booz Allen & Hamilton, and also spent time as an investment banker in Madrid, Spain. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for Village Capital's Agriculture Program and the Food & Ag Council for the Greater Sacramento Economic Development Organization.
Julie holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with an emphasis on Bioelectronics.