Julie Diaz

Program Manager, Certification Program


Julie’s role at the Center for Systems Awareness is managing the year-long Certification Program for Compassionate Systems Master Practitioners. In this role, she arranges in-person and virtual convenings as well as supports the practitioners in developing their projects and making their learning visible within their eportfolios. Additionally, Julie supports the Center’s efforts to develop and deepen Compassionate Systems within the state of California and other major hubs.

Prior to joining the Center for Systems Awareness, Julie supported school districts and education-based organizations with project design, project implementation and management, meeting design, grant writing and reporting, and tool and resource development for over 15 years. She began her education career supporting a large urban school district where she was instrumental in building, implementing, scaling and sustaining three major district initiatives: Tobacco Use Prevention & Education, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, and After School Education and Safety. From 2013-2019, Julie worked for ASAPconnect, a California systems building organization that supports technical assistance providers who train, coach, consult, mentor and broker resources to build high quality expanded learning programs.

In 2017, Julie was fortunate to be part of a smaller planning team led by Michael Funk, Director of the Expanded Learning Division of the California Department of Education, whose vision was to support the System of Support for Expanded Learning (SSEL) members build personal mastery, develop skills to communicate and collaborate more effectively, and understand how to address the complexities within their ecosystem. The SSEL, comprised of approximately 70 diverse stakeholders, supports the over 4,000 state and federally funded after school and summer learning programs in California. Under the tutelage of Peter Senge and Mette Miriam Böll of the Center for Systems Awareness and Robert Hanig of RLH Consulting, Julie and her planning team helped co-design convenings to introduce and build capacity around the Compassionate Systems Framework.

Julie lives happily in Reno, Nevada with her wonderful husband. Between them they have four boys between the ages of 20 and 30 years old, and they are enjoying life as empty nesters and all that comes with that. In her spare time, she loves to read, cook, travel and spend time tending to her garden.

One of Julie’s core values is to create emotionally safe environments, infused with empathy and kindness, where people can learn and thrive.