Passion meets expertise
Julie's communications work across diverse industries and organizations brings a valued perspective to JarosStrategy clients as she partners with organizations to define and persuasively tell their stories. She is recognized for her effective communications plans and her ability to help client missions and programs resonate with target audiences and align with fundraising goals.
Julie dedicated her early career to public relations agencies, including Cohn & Wolfe in New York and Dan Pinger Public Relations in Cincinnati. Since then she has immersed herself in Northeast Ohio’s cultural organizations and nonprofit institutions – working with Heights Arts, Ronald McDonald House, Akron Civic Theatre, and the Young Leaders program at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, among others. She serves as an Advisory Board Member for the “We Solve Problems Essay Contest,” which brings together Northeast Ohio high school students, business and civic leaders to solve a significant issue impacting the community.
Julie holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communications from Miami University and is an accredited member (APR) of the Public Relations Society of America. She has led a variety of training seminars on public relations and employee communications and engagement.
Debra has a keen understanding of the interplay between fundraising and communications culled from two decades of work with nonprofit organizations of all sectors, including a large community foundation.
Prior to joining JarosStrategy, Debra was an independent consultant, producing creative and strategic marketing solutions for some of our area’s most respected institutions, including Montefiore, Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Bellefaire JCB and Gilmour Academy. Her client work resulted in increased awareness, funding, admissions and reach for these mission-driven organizations. She has an extensive design portfolio and strong experience with event planning and social media marketing.
She spent the first part of her career at the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland where she developed and implemented its strategic marketing plan. Debra graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor’s degree in history.