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Portland Junior League Awards Julie Branford Sustainer of the Year

Posted on Sunday, June 26, 2022

Due to the pandemic, the Junior League of Portland was finally able to gather in person to honor the significant achievements of honorees for 2022, 2021, and 2020. Julie Branford recieved the award for 2020. She has been with the Junior League since 1977 and has been a trailblazer who pushed the envelope. As a working professional during her time as an active member, when most women in the League did not pursue work outside of the home, she successfully challenged the Junior League of Seattle’s rule that members were required to move to Sustainer status when they turned 40. Outside the League, Julie has received numerous accolades for her service to several community organizations. One of Julie’s main volunteer activities includes being a Past President and board member of the BRAINet (Brain Research Awareness and Information Network), a community outreach group for the neuroscience department at OHSU. She sat on the Board of Trustees for Willamette University for 13 years, earning the title of Life Trustee Emeritus. Her board experience includes being Alumni Association President for two years, the Alumni Association President for Cleveland High School, and receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award Committee Chair award for her outstanding service and commitment. Julie has also held several leadership positions with the Multnomah Athletic Club, including Membership Committee and Human Resources Committee for the Board, the Communities Committee, and House Committee. She was President of the Canyon Creek Homeowners Association for four years and sat on the Governance Committee for Nordic Northwest. Recently Julie has been involved with the ARCS Foundation (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Oregon Chapter where she was President for three years.