Julianne Schrader Ortega is the Chief of Programs at PHS where she advances the organization’s key initiatives through successful implementation, collaboration within the organization, and management of partnerships vital to PHS. She built and strengthened partnerships, developed resources and supported the programs that train community members, teachers, inmates and urban growers to garden, build beauty in Philadelphia, and increase production and distribution of produce for families without access to fresh, local food.
Julianne received her B.S. in Biology from Trinity College and has worked around the world to transform land use and empower communities to work toward sustainable and just food systems. As Director of the Citywide School Garden Initiative with GrowNYC, Julianne worked with government agencies and non-profit organizations to connect 400 New York City public schools with the funding, training, and materials needed to start and sustain learning garden programs. She also spent over a decade with the Rainforest Alliance.