As the Founder and Executive Director of the Collaborative Parent Leadership Action Network, (CPLAN), Julia cultivates meaningful relationships between key decision-makers and the families they serve. CPLAN works with policy-makers, educators, parents and community leaders to improve the educational opportunities and outcomes of all students by authentically engaging the voices of all stakeholders.
Born in the Dominican Republic, Julia Mejia has lived most of her life in Dorchester, MA, where she began a life-long commitment to serving youth and families and raising awareness about issues affecting historically marginalized populations. While working on behalf of others, Julia also navigated her way to educational success and became the first person in her family to graduate from high school and college. Upon earning her Bachelors from Mount Ida College, Julia honed her professional skills through pro-social work for both public and private sector organizations, including MTV, the Ad Council, Procter & Gamble, The Center for Social Policy at UMass Boston and various non-profits throughout Boston. After gaining professional experience and greater perspective on how to effect change in under-served communities, Julia established her own non-profit organization dedicated to creating space for families to inform, influence, and inspire policies to impact today’s most vulnerable learners.