Julia Violich attended UC Berkeley and earned a Bachelor of Science in Physiology.  She also has obtained two master’s degrees from Berkeley in Business Administration and Public Health, with an emphasis on Healthcare Finance.  While there, she was elected to the student executive committee and was a member of the Dean Search Committee that installed Laura Tyson as Dean. She currently sits on the Haas Social Collective, a global think group, as well as being in the Growers Circle of the newly established Sustainable Food Initiative.

Professionally, Julia has worked for both The Prudential and IBM in Director positions, however after graduate school, after two years in global healthcare finance, she got heavily involved with agribusiness.  Julia currently runs Violich Farms, Inc., one of the largest almond and walnut farming operations in the country, and she is also the COO of Capay Farms, a commercial agriculture management firm located in Northern California.  In addition, Julia oversees Violich Properties, a regional real estate investment company.

Julia is the co-founder and Finance Director for the U.S.-based TWENTY20 professional women’s cycling team.  The team is in its thirteenth year and has earned multiple World Championships as well as medals at the London Olympics in 2012 and the Rio Olympics in 2016. In addition, she is the Director of the Bear Development Team, a national junior and U23 elite mountain bike team with riders from all over the U.S.  Julia is an avid cyclist herself and has five National Titles and a Silver medal at the Masters World Championships in 2008.