Julia A. Burgos, MPS
Julia A. Burgos joined Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) on July 2, 2020 as Chief of School and Community Relations.
She came to ACPS from Arlington Public Schools (APS) where she had been chief of staff since June 2013. In this role, she supported the superintendent on all projects and initiatives related to the school system. She was a valuable resource to the Arlington School Board, staff, students and parents at APS.
Ms. Burgos also served as a volunteer for 10 years with Latinas Leading Tomorrow – a program born in Arlington’s Wakefield High School – where she served as its inaugural chairperson for four years and subsequently as the immediate past chairperson of the Board. She has over 28 years of government, public relations, non-profit and program administration experience.
Ms. Burgos holds a Master’s Degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a minor in Spanish from Iona College. For two years, through the lens of a program alumnus, Ms. Burgos provided direct support and guidance to graduate students as an alumni Instructor at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies "Capstone" course to successfully complete the Masters of Public Relations and Corporate Communications program of studies.
Prior to joining APS, she was a senior account supervisor at MSLGROUP where she managed the General Motors (GM) grassroots communications account. In this role, Ms. Burgos oversaw grassroots events and public relations for GM in the D.C. metropolitan area with a focus on sustainability, universities, military and diversity. Her success with this program can be attributed to her extensive network and expertise in the multicultural communications arena.
Before delving into the automotive space, Ms. Burgos was director of Latino & corporate initiatives for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) where she was responsible for the creation, expansion and implementation of Por Tu Familia, ADA’s Latino Initiatives Program and Stop Diabetes @ Work, ADA’s diabetes workplace program. She worked to conduct program outreach across the country to broaden its reach in the Latino and corporate communities about the seriousness and complications of diabetes. Before joining the ADA, she worked as a community development manager in the UnitedHealthcare Medicaid division where she provided health education to the community while identifying eligible families for Medicaid enrollment.
Her passion for healthcare and children stemmed from her roles in the government and the hospital system in New York City. She served as the Marketing and Advertising program director for the New York City Mayor’s Office of Health Insurance Access where she helped to establish Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s HealthStat Program. During her tenure, she was instrumental in facilitating the enrollment of over 350,000 children & adults into public health insurance programs. As a result of her success, she was later reappointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to continue this work. Ms. Burgos also served as a key staff member in Mayor Giuliani’s Community Assistance Unit where she worked to resolve high-level community issues. She also worked as a public affairs coordinator at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, a non-profit, voluntary hospital located within an underserved community in Brooklyn, NY. She started her service in the community as district office manager for former New York State Assemblyman Javier Nieves in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
Her commitment to service has spanned into her own community where she served as the president of the Kingsview Homeowners Association for two years. She was also a Gubernatorial Appointee for former Governor Martin O'Malley as a Management Board member for the Maryland Uninsured Employees Fund Board for nearly four years. As a member, she worked to help protect workers whose employers were not insured under Workers' Compensation.