SARC Consulting is led by Julia Baer-Cooper, who combines more than 30 years of nonprofit management experience with a unique blend of development, communications, capacity building and grantmaking expertise. Prior to establishing her own consulting practice in 2000, Julia held senior level positions at the United Way of the National Capital Area and Mentors, Inc., a DC-based youth development organization where she subsequently served on the Board of Directors for five years.
Julia has been the recipient of numerous awards for her work in the nonprofit sector, and has been published on workplace giving and workplace communications. Early in Julia’s career, her involvement in developing a school-based date violence prevention program was honored by the White House with an inaugural Point of Light recognition. Julia served as a volunteer coach for Girls on the Run and is on the advisory board of PAVE, the only national nonprofit that works both to shatter the silence and prevent sexual violence through social advocacy, education and survivor support. In addition, Julia is a member of the Washington AIDS Partnership Steering Committee, the 11th Street Bridge Park Advisory Board, the DC Central Kitchen Capital Campaign Committee, and the Arts Forward Fund Steering Committee. Julia also is a long-time member of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers where she served as leadership for the Children, Youth and Families Working Group and has been active with the Racial Equity Working Group since its inception, including Putting Racism on the Table.
Julia is originally from Tucson, Arizona, where she completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Arizona. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Honors College, double majoring in Political Science and Psychology with a minor in Communications. Her graduate studies were in Counseling and Guidance with an emphasis in Public Administration. Julia lives in Arlington, Virginia.