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Julie Mikuta is a Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund, where she leads the firm's efforts to dramatically improve teacher quality in low-income communities by setting a new standard for teacher preparation. An early Teach For America corps member in New Orleans, Julie was a Rhodes Scholar who completed her doctorate in education policy while at Oxford. She was Teach For America's first national alumni director while also serving as an elected member of the Washington, DC Board of Education. Subsequently, she conducted training for school board members at the Center for Reform of School Systems, through an initiative supported by The Broad Foundation. She was on the founding team of Washington DC's SEED Public Charter School after interning at the White House Domestic Policy Council. Julie chairs the board of Stand for Children. She is also on the boards of the New Teacher Center, Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education, Relay Graduate School of Education, and the Urban Teacher Center. Julie received her bachelor's degree from Georgetown University, where she was captain of the women's basketball team. She lives in Oakland with her six-year old daughter, Damiana.She is a member of the fifth class of Aspen-Pahara Education Fellows and a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.