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Julie Rhame

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Director of Member Engagement and Board Development Trainer

Julie Rhame served as a school board member for the City Schools of Decatur for 12 years. She also served as the board’s vice chair, facilitated several training sessions at various conferences during her board tenure on topics that included strategic planning, community engagement, board norms and combating the achievement gap.  She has worked in the communications field for more than 30 years, with emphasis in the K-12 and higher education sectors that included tenures as Director of Communications for Georgia Tech and Executive Director of Communications for the DeKalb County School System.  She has done extensive training over the years in media and public relations.  A three-time, Emmy-award-winning producer, Ms. Rhame is most passionate about the fate of public education in the U.S. and in conquering the achievement gap. She holds a BA in Communications from the University of Georgia.

Training Workshops:  Whole Board Training, Poverty, Media and Public Relations, Community Engagement, Roles & Responsibilities, Ethics, Board Self-Assessment, Board Protocols