Pioneer Profile: Julie Horowitz

Julie Horowitz

In this Pioneer Profile, Julie Horowitz, EP's Senior Vice President of Strategic Talent Solutions, talks about why she’ll always be a New Yorker at heart, what she learned from Rapunzel, and why she most admires Nelson Mandela.


  1. Where did you grow up and what was it like? New York City – specifically, the Upper West Side of Manhattan.  Even though I don’t still live in New York, I still think of myself as a New Yorker.  I’m one of those real born-and-bred New Yorkers.  I’m a city person – just loved growing up in such a vibrant, diverse, and ever-changing place. Plus, I’m a proud product of the NYC public schools, all the way from kindergarten through high school.
  1. What do you like most about where you live now? I live in the Washington, DC area now.  It’s certainly not New York, but in a different way, it’s a vibrant community.  One of the best aspects for me (and my British husband) is the international nature of the place.  Plus, we always get a lot of visitors!
  1. What is your favorite school memory? In 2nd grade, I was cast as Rapunzel in the school play.  When the witch tried to cut off my attached long braid, it wouldn’t come off (too many hairpins). I tugged and tugged for what seemed like eternity, and for my 8-year-old self, this was very embarrassing. Although when I ultimately prevailed, I received thunderous applause. My 2nd grade teacher used the moment to teach me the value of perseverance.  To this day, when things are tough or when I am feeling impatient, I always remember this moment and I persist. 
  1. Which leader (alive or not, in any field) do you most admire? Nelson Mandela. I wrote my college thesis about apartheid education, and I taught in Cape Town after graduation. His life and his leadership will always be an inspiration to me.
  1. When was the first time you thought about working in education?  I truly can’t remember a time when I didn’t think about working in education!  After writing my college thesis about apartheid education, and then teaching in South Africa, I knew I wanted to return home and work in education in America.  I’ve never looked back.
  1. What has been your most memorable moment working in education? 2003-2006 – The years I worked at the New York City Department of Education, working under Chancellor Joel Klein.  I have many memories from that time, especially some of the early leadership retreats that we had off-site.  It was such an extraordinary group of people, all drawn to such a bold agenda.  The talent that Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Klein attracted was incredible, and yet the challenges were so big.  It was a real privilege to be a part of it, but also a very humbling experience.
  1. What do love about your job? I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining EP in this new role.  I know that I will love working with the awesome EP team, as well as with a terrific network of partners and organizations.  Mostly, I’m excited to be doing work that I deeply believe has potential to have truly incredible impact.
  1. If you had a magic wand, what’s one thing you would fix or change?  It’s tough to pick just one thing, but I think I’d probably want the power to eradicate some of the most awful diseases to save the lives, and improve the quality of lives, of so many.
  1. What are you still learning to do? Juggle and balance it all!  I feel so lucky to have such a full life, but the work-family balance always feels like a work-in-progress.
  1. What or who inspires you? So many people, but I’d have to say, most importantly, the people closest to me – my family, especially my parents, my kids, and my husband.

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