Julia Treanor, Director of Membership Engagement
Julia Treanor is the Director of Membership Engagement at the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council. In this role, Julia oversees the Council’s current and prospective member outreach and engagement efforts, working closely with Council leadership and the Board of Directors to identify and implement initiatives that enhance member value and experience. In addition to developing and executing member programs, Julia leads the Council’s communications, marketing, and branding activities and serves as chief editor of its Annual Report.
Julia brings to the Council more than a decade's worth of experience in strategic communications, public affairs, and stakeholder engagement. Her background in homeland security issues range from cybersecurity to emergency preparedness, and she has been involved in several homeland security workforce development initiatives, with a specific focus on student outreach and recruitment. Before the Council, she served as the communications lead at the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Academic Engagement (OAE). Joining the office at its inception, Julia led all strategic communications campaigns for OAE and its programs, directing efforts for initiatives including the establishment of the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council, the creation of a campus resilience program for colleges and universities, and the expansion of the Department’s engagement with community colleges. She also served as the office’s chief speechwriter, developing content for briefings and presentations by DHS senior leadership, including the Secretary of Homeland Security.
In addition to her work in homeland security, Julia has held several communications and public affairs positions at associations, membership organizations, and public relations firms. Among other roles, she has served as a senior director of communications for an energy industry organization and as a political communications manager at a small business trade association.
Julia graduated with honors from Dickinson College, and received a master’s degree at the George Washington University’s School of Political Management.