Julie Richard is the Executive Director at the Maine Arts Commission. She most recently held the position of President & CEO of the West Valley Arts Council in the West Valley of Phoenix, AZ. Before that she was Executive Director of the Metropolitan Arts Council in Greenville, SC. She is noted for her ability to take organizations to the next level and has done that wherever she has worked. Richard earned B.S. degrees in Psychology and Music (Voice) and a M.A. in Business (Arts Administration) all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previous positions include Managing Director of Tulsa Opera in Tulsa, OK; Managing Director of Syracuse Opera in Syracuse, NY; Executive Director of the Cayuga Community College Foundation in Auburn, NY; and Director of External Relations at the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust in Oak Park, IL. She has extensive experience in development, strategic planning, arts education and organizational development. Richard was a member of Valley Leadership’s Class XXXI and a past chair and member of the National Arts Education Council for Americans for the Arts. She was most recently a member of the WESTMARC Board of Directors, the City of Avondale’s Municipal Arts Committee, the AZ Citizens/Action for the Arts Board of Directors, and the City of Surprise’s Arts & Culture Board. She was also on the research committee for AZ Town Hall. Her past board service includes the Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau, South Carolina Arts Alliance, the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Greater Syracuse, Junior League of Syracuse, and the National Society of Fund Raising Executives (CNY Chapter).