Julia Ballard

Julia is a community specialist at The Shop, New Orleans' newest and only full-service co-working space located in the Contemporary Arts Center. 

She began her career in a business development role at the global e-commerce company Wayfair. She then transitioned into technology reporting at Silicon Bayou News where, as Editor in Chief, where Julia reports on entrepreneurs, companies and trends within the New Orleans startup scene in her spare time. 

Originally from Cambridge, MA, Julia received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Redlands in California. She moved to New Orleans in 2011 and has been active in its entrepreneurial community ever since, including running a monthly tech event NOLA Meetup. 

Julia served as Curator of the Global Shapers Hub from 2015-2016, and again from 2017-2018, where she represented New Orleans at the Annual Curators Meeting in Geneva. She was Vice Curator of the Hub from 2016-2017.