After studying forestry and agriculture at Sterling College, Julie Wormser ’86 finished up her bachelor’s degree in biology at Swarthmore College. She later received a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She served on the Sterling faculty in the early 1990s and has been on the Sterling Board of Trustees since 2013.
Julie’s career has been devoted to environmental stewardship, with a focus on communities and the natural resources on which they depend. Julie is the deputy director of the Mystic River Watershed Association, working with cities and towns to prepare for climate-accelerated flooding, drought and heat waves. In her former role as Executive Director of The Boston Harbor Association, she was instrumental in drawing attention to Boston’s need to prepare for coastal flooding from extreme storms and sea level rise.
She coauthored Preparing for the Rising Tide and Designing With Water, and co-led the Boston Living with Water international design competition with the City of Boston and Boston Society of Architects. Prior to that, she helped secured millions in federal funding for New England’s forest lands and fisheries as a senior strategist with Environmental Defense Fund, Appalachian Mountain Club and The Wilderness Society.
Julie and her husband Fred Small live in Cambridge, MA, with their teenage daughter, two assertive cats and a flock of backyard chickens.