AAC Welcomes Julie Combs To Its Board Of Directors

3 weeks ago/Andes Amazon Conservency

Julie is a graduate of Syracuse University department of Mechanical Engineering and also has a BA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Psychology with a minor in studio art. She has worked as a Rehabilitation Engineer designing adaptive equipment for severely disabled people and has a patent in that work in conjunction with a Ford Foundation Grant. She has also worked as the Senior Building Plans Reviewer in Asheville, NC; with a private A&E firm, and as executive director of a startup statewide building code related agency in Ohio. Most recently she served 2 terms on the Santa Rosa, CA city council. Julie formed the first environmental club and bicycle club at her high school, was part of a startup leading to recycling city wide at that time She has worked on environmental, social justice, and land use issues throughout her life serving on a county planning commission, a city design review board, and a community advisory board. Most recently she was a member of Sonoma County Conservation Action where she was recognized with the “Upstream Swimmer Award” for work supporting environmental protection and housing, and a founding member of the Southeast Greenway Campaign to preserve a 55 acre green space within the city. Selected by her elected peers, she served as VP and then President of the 9 bay area counties Regional Planning Commission, a part of the State Association of Bay Area Governments. She focused that work on environmental sustainability, social justice, and housing issues within transportation and land use planning,

Julie relocated with her husband Allan, to Cuenca, Ecuador in October of 2019. “Among the reasons we chose to relocate to Ecuador was the beauty and bio- diversity as well as the adoption of the Rights of Nature in the country’s Constitution ratified in 2008. With the urgency upon us to protect our planet, its climate, and biodiversity and to listen and be guided by those most knowledgeable about their lives within the jungle; I am delighted to add my shoulder to the wheel in support of the Mission of the Andes Amazon Conservancy in protecting a broad network of wild lands while in support of the local governments and Ancestral/Indigenous Nations.”

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