Julie Ann GrantDirector of Philanthropy
Julie Ann leads the Individual Giving team, working with AFT donors nationwide to align resources in meaningful ways that advance farmland protection. During a long career working on dozens of fundraising campaigns in higher education and conservation, Julie Ann has led the strategy and development of programs that provide greater opportunities for people to make a difference through their charitable giving. Julie Ann has also worked in development consulting, delivering communications, marketing, and events strategies that attract new donors, produce bottom-line results and nurture a positive culture of philanthropy from within. Before joining AFT, she worked as Director of Leadership Giving for The Trustees of Reservations, raising crucial funds for land protection projects, public gardens, outreach and education programs, and Trustees’ portfolio of working farms across Massachusetts. She holds degrees from the University of Connecticut and the Graduate School of Education at Boston University. A native New Englander, Julie Ann grew up with a deep connection to the lands, waters, and food systems that fuel the region, and that feed our bodies and souls. She lives in Ipswich, MA with her husband and two children.