Passionate about public education, Julie has spent the better part of a decade working in Summit School District providing exceptional district leadership in strategic communications and community engagement. She is dedicated to the District’s efforts in closing the achievement gap and ensuring that all students have access to a top-notch education. She spent several years working at the state Capitol serving as the Director of Communications for former Lt. Gov. Joseph Garcia. McCluskie played a key role in Colorado’s implementation of Colorado Reads 2013: The Early Literacy Initiative, launching Colorado Literacy Week and the One Book 4 Colorado statewide program. Her skills as a facilitator and liaison were key in the orchestration of statewide tours, numerous community conversations and public events at the state level. She believes the success of Colorado’s education initiatives relies on meaningful private/public partnerships built through consistent and strategic community outreach.
Currently, McCluskie serves as a board member on The Summit Foundation and Advocates for Victims of Assault in Summit County. Committed to the health and social-emotional well-being of children in her community, she also serves as an advisory board member for Building Hope Summit County, a community initiative to improve and increase access to mental health services; and as a key leader on Communities that Care, an effort to prevent youth substance use. She is a member of the Colorado Educator Preparation Innovation Coalition (COEduPIC) which is working toward addressing teacher shortages and improving preparation programs across the state.
Prior to public education, Julie was the Director of Human Resources for Xanterra Parks & Resorts at their corporate headquarters in Aurora, CO. She served more than 8,000 employees at 30 of the most spectacular state and national park operations in the country. Her responsibilities included the development of company policies and procedures, employee handbooks, recruiting, training, benefits administration, performance management systems, and compensation, legal and AA/EEO compliance, reward and recognition programs, safety and risk management and employee communications. Julie also held a leadership role at the Doubletree Hotels in Colorado Springs and Vail.
Born and raised in Colorado and a graduate of Colorado State University, Julie and her husband Jamie have spent most of their married years in the Rocky Mountains. They are proud parents of two children, Ian and Cait, and enjoy spending family time in Colorado’s great outdoors.