Julie Ziegler became executive director of Humanities Washington in June 2009, having served for six months as the interim director. An eight-year trustee of Humanities Washington (1998-2004 and 2006-2009), Ziegler held a variety of board leadership positions, including chair of the Grants, Development, and Finance Committees, in addition to several years on the Executive Committee. Ziegler previously held positions with several national companies, primarily in philanthropy, community outreach, and marketing. At one of those companies, Safeco Insurance, she managed the national grants program and several grassroots outreach programs. Prior to that, she worked as Northwest Regional Manager of the Bank of America Foundation.
In a volunteer capacity she has worked on behalf of a variety of nonprofit organizations such as ArtsFund, Philanthropy Northwest, United Way of King County, Leadership Tomorrow, and Powerful Schools. She serves as a member of the Fales Foundation advisory board and the steering committee for the Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts, and she is a proud member of Seattle Rotary #4.