Julia Conrad Fisher serves as the Project Coordinator for the First in FAFSA Initiative at myFutureNC. She supports the organization and its partners launch this new initiative aligned with the state’s 2030 postsecondary education attainment goal. Previously, she led the online learning operations team for a national K-12 education program and served as a Senior Consultant with Public Impact working with school systems and organizations to extend the reach of excellent teaching to all students. Prior to these roles, Julia was Associate Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s GEAR UP federal grant project in North Carolina at the University of North Carolina System and coordinated the state’s college application program in 2009 and 2010. Previously, she was a Presidential Management Fellow in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education and middle school teacher in Warren County, NC. Julia has also independently consulted college access and success organizations including the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP), Appalachian State University’s GEAR UP partnership grant, and the Vela Institute. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors from DePaul University and a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.