Julie’s love for well-conceived public policy starts with her love of nature. Whether it’s swimming, hiking, biking, or boating, the backdrop of her life is the environment she works every day to manage and protect. With more than 20 years of experience in environmental and energy policy as well as a shrewd sense of what is possible and practical, Julie is a state and national expert in the business community and a fierce champion for PSC in the public policy space.

As chief executive officer at PSC, Julie leads more than 50 talented staff members and affiliated consultants. She also spearheads the development and implementation of the firm’s short- and long-term organizational plans as well as its sales and marketing strategies to realize PSC’s mission of improving the quality of life for Michigan residents and beyond.

Julie is a master of strategic counsel, facilitation, research, and analysis on issues like energy, water quality, land use, community development, outdoor recreation, and natural resources management. She also plies her talents with Michigan Saves and the Great Lakes Fishery Trust—multimillion-dollar nonprofits founded with the support of her leadership. Before taking the helm as CEO, Julie served as senior vice president and led the firm’s environment and energy practice.

Beyond her work at PSC, Julie also lends her inventive outlook and policy expertise to the Michigan League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, and the Hamburg Township Environmental Review Board. Prior to joining the firm, she worked in advocacy and research for the National Wildlife Federation and the Michigan United Conservation Clubs.

Email: jbennett@publicsectorconsultants.com

A Little More…

Education: BA in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social and Political Science and an MS in Resource Development, all from Michigan State University

With PSC since: April 2000

PSC superpower: Sizzle and steak, delivering substantive, high-quality results in exciting and thoughtful ways

Favorite part of working at PSC: Seeing our impact on people’s lives

Why Michigan? Family roots, natural resources, and incredible outdoor recreation