Julie Elginer

Putting public health on the map in California

Speak Up Press Conference

The Junior League of Los Angeles

Causes/Issue Area(s): public health, perinatal depression awareness, human trafficking

Honors/Achievements: Member of California’s Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Advisor to the Food and Drug Administration

How did Julie Elginer get involved in California state government? It started out as a way to see how a Junior League member-leadership initiative worked. It ended up as a way to see how she can make a difference in Sacramento.

When the Junior League of Los Angeles launched its Appointments to Boards and Commissions Institute (ABCI) in 2010, Julie was part of the team that created an innovative program that offers training to JLLA members who want to pursue appointments to one of California’s many public boards and commissions at the local, county, and state levels.

After the ABCI was established, Julie herself applied online for a board position within the California state government and promptly forgot about it. Almost a year later—three weeks after the birth of her son James—she received a call from Governor Jerry Brown’s office asking her to interview for two separate positions. Ultimately, she was tapped for a four-year term as a member of the Board of Chiropractic Examiners, which was established in 1922 and is responsible for overseeing the practices of nearly 14,000 chiropractors in California. After several interviews, she was confirmed and sworn in. Then, 15 minutes after taking the oath of office, she presided over her first Board meeting.

With a background in marketing and finance in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, Julie earned a Ph.D. from UCLA’s School of Public Health where she has worked as a lecturer. She has also advised the Food and Drug Administration and served as adjunct faculty at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Nursing.

At JLLA, she has served as Public Policy Director and Co-Chair of the Junior Leagues of California State Public Affairs Committee (Cal-SPAC) on issues such as perinatal depression awareness and human trafficking.