Julianne Sobral

Chief Operating Officer
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Julianne Sobral

Julianne Sobral understands change management. Throughout her career, she has helped organizations adapt to changing landscape and keep current with the latest dynamics impacting organizations' bottom line. She began her career as a human resources professional and translated her expertise in employee relations, performance management, and benefits/compensation into positions with broader responsibilities.

She started at the Council on Foundations as Human Resources Director and has since come to manage general operations for the Council including, major programs, membership, research, government relations, DEI, communications, marketing and professional development as the Chief Operating Officer. In this role, she is responsible for all external facing Council operations and creating major programs to fill sector gaps.

She also co-founded a group for HR professionals in philanthropy and convenes senior foundation leaders at a now annual gathering to discuss the sector's pressing talent issues. Additionally, she leads the Council on Foundations Leading Together Conference, which is the largest gathering of foundation leaders in the world.

Prior to joining the Council, Julianne worked in Human Resources at Washington Post Newsweek Interactive, a subsidary of The Washington Post Company & McClatchy Interactive where she oversaw the talent transitions of the 2006 Knight Ridder acquisition.

In addition, she consulted on the launch of a new DC-based office for the KAUST Investment Management Company.

A graduate of University of Virginia, Julianne has also obtained the highest professional certifications available from Society of Human Resources Professionals and HR Certification Institute: SHRM-SCP & SPHR.

Julianne lives with her best friend and husband, David, in Alexandria, Virginia, where they are raising two boys, Mason and Emmett. The family loves spending time at the beach, rooting for the Capitals, and making sure Mom has time to go for a run.

You should contact Julianne about major programs, talent issues in philanthropy, change management, and the Council's operations and leadership role in the sector.