Person

Julie Fernandes

Nationality:

American

Occupation:

Associate director for institutional accountability and individual liberty, Rockefeller Family Fund

Political Party:

Democratic Party

Residence:

Chevy Chase, Maryland

Julie Fernandes is the associate director for institutional accountability and individual liberty at the left-of-center Rockefeller Family Fund [1] [2] and a senior visiting fellow at the left-of-center German Marshall Fund of the United States. [3]

Previously, Fernandes worked as the director for voting rights and democracy at the left-of-center Open Society Foundations (OSF), the principal grantmaking institution for left-of-center billionaire George Soros. [4] She was a Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in the Obama administration [5] and held various roles during the Clinton administration including Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and counsel to the Assistant Attorney General. [6]

Fernandes self-identifies as a “proud liberal Democrat” [7] and has said the Democratic Party does not need to “fight to be the white party” [8] and claims that laws barring felons from voting are “designed to keep black people from voting.” [9]

Career

Julie Fernandes has been the associate director for institutional accountability and individual liberty of the Rockefeller Family Fund since June 2018. [10] [11] She is also a visiting senior fellow at the left-of-center German Marshall Fund of the United States. [12] Previously she was a senior policy analyst 2012 to 2016  and from 2016 to 2018 director for voting rights and democracy for the left-of-center Open Society Foundations (OSF), [13] which was founded by the liberal billionaire George Soros. She has also worked as senior counsel and senior policy analyst for the left-of-center Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights [14] and received a fellowship from the left-of-center ACLU. [15]

From 2009 until 2011, Fernandes was Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in the Obama administration. [16] From 1997 until 2001 she worked in various roles in the Clinton administration [17] including as counsel to the Assistant Attorney General from 1999 until 2001 and Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy at the White House from 1997 until 1999. [18]

Fernandes is a member of the board of directors for left-of-center organizations including the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, Lead for America, Bend the Arc, the American Constitution Society, Ad Council, [19] and the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation (FCCP). [20]

On her LinkedIn page, Fernandes shared a post that says “systemic racism has existed in our country for centuries.” [21] On Twitter, Fernandes has said “the Confederacy has been a theme of the Trump presidency,” [22] supported calls for the resignation of Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO), [23] and said the Democratic Party does not need to “fight to be the white party.” [24] She has also said the criminal justice itself “is biased against African Americans and Latinos” and claimed that felony disenfranchisement laws are “designed to keep black people from voting.” [25]

Political Positions and Contributions

Julie Fernandes self-identifies as a “proud liberal Democrat.” [26]

Julie Fernandes has made Federal Election Commission-reportable contributions to several Democratic Party-affiliated campaigns and committees including the 2020 presidential campaign of Joe Biden, the Senate campaigns of Raphael Warnock (D-GA),  Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), the left-of-center pass-through ActBlue, the Maryland Democratic Party, Fight Back PAC, Obama for America, and the unsuccessful presidential campaigns of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in 2020, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) in 2016, and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) in 2004. [27]

References

  1. “Julie Fernandes.” LinkedIn. Accessed December 5, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/in/julie-fernandes-40b7aaa4/details/experience/. ^
  2. “Julie Fernandes.” National Center for Family Philanthropy. Accessed December 6, 2021. https://www.ncfp.org/people/julie-fernandes/. ^
  3. “Julie Fernandes.” German Marshall Fund of the United States. Accessed December 6, 2021. https://www.gmfus.org/find-experts/julie-fernandes. ^
  4. “About.” Rockefeller Family Fund. Accessed December 6, 2021. https://www.rffund.org/about/staff. ^
  5. “Julie Fernandes.” LinkedIn. Accessed December 5, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/in/julie-fernandes-40b7aaa4/details/experience/. ^
  6. “Julie Fernandes.” LinkedIn. Accessed December 5, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/in/julie-fernandes-40b7aaa4/details/experience/. ^
  7. “Julie Fernandes, ’94: Building a Career from One Interesting Job to the Next.” University of Chicago Law School. October 1, 2014. Accessed December 6, 2021. https://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/julie-fernandes-94-building-career-one-interesting-job-next. ^
  8. [1] “Tweet.” Twitter. Posted July 18, 2019. Accessed December 6, 2021. https://twitter.com/JulieAFernandes/status/1151978848940109824?cxt=HHwWgMC1_Zuq0_wfAAAA ^
  9. “Julie Fernandes on Felony Disenfranchisement.” Loteria Films Vimeo. Uploaded 2016. Accessed December 6, 2021. https://vimeo.com/181973535. ^
  10. “Julie Fernandes.” LinkedIn. Accessed December 5, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/in/julie-fernandes-40b7aaa4/details/experience/. ^
  11. “Julie Fernandes.” National Center for Family Philanthropy. Accessed December 6, 2021. https://www.ncfp.org/people/julie-fernandes/. ^
  12. “Julie Fernandes.” German Marshall Fund of the United States. Accessed December 6, 2021. https://www.gmfus.org/find-experts/julie-fernandes. ^
  13. “About.” Rockefeller Family Fund. Accessed December 6, 2021. https://www.rffund.org/about/staff. ^
  14. “Julie Fernandes.” LinkedIn. Accessed December 5, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/in/julie-fernandes-40b7aaa4/details/experience/. ^
  15. “Julie Fernandes, ’94: Building a Career from One Interesting Job to the Next.” University of Chicago Law School. October 1, 2014. Accessed December 6, 2021. https://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/julie-fernandes-94-building-career-one-interesting-job-next. ^
  16. “Julie Fernandes.” LinkedIn. Accessed December 5, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/in/julie-fernandes-40b7aaa4/details/experience/. ^
  17. “Julie Fernandes.” LinkedIn. Accessed December 5, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/in/julie-fernandes-40b7aaa4/details/experience/. ^
  18. “Julie Fernandes.” LinkedIn. Accessed December 5, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/in/julie-fernandes-40b7aaa4/details/experience/. ^
  19. “Julie Fernandes.” LinkedIn. Accessed December 5, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/in/julie-fernandes-40b7aaa4/details/experience/. ^
  20. “Julie Fernandes.” Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation. Accessed December 6, 2021. https://funderscommittee.org/staff-board/julie-fernandes/. ^
  21. “LinkedIn Post.” Julie Fernandes LinkedIn. Accessed December 5, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/posts/julie-fernandes-40b7aaa4_its-time-for-all-americans-to-recognize-activity-6681301594715283456-8USn/. ^
  22. “Tweet.” Twitter. Posted January 20, 2021. Accessed December 6, 2021. https://twitter.com/JulieAFernandes/status/1351946694867480582?cxt=HHwWjMC37eSWisMlAAAA. ^
  23. “Tweet.” Twitter. Posted January 8, 2021. Accessed December 6, 2021. https://twitter.com/JulieAFernandes/status/1347746354106400775?cxt=HHwWjoC4veOKlLQlAAAA. ^
  24. “Tweet.” Twitter. Posted July 18, 2019. Accessed December 6, 2021. https://twitter.com/JulieAFernandes/status/1151978848940109824?cxt=HHwWgMC1_Zuq0_wfAAAA ^
  25. “Julie Fernandes on Felony Disenfranchisement.” Loteria Films Vimeo. Uploaded 2016. Accessed December 6, 2021. https://vimeo.com/181973535. ^
  26. “Julie Fernandes, ’94: Building a Career from One Interesting Job to the Next.” University of Chicago Law School. October 1, 2014. Accessed December 6, 2021. https://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/julie-fernandes-94-building-career-one-interesting-job-next. ^
  27. “Individual Contributions.” Federal Election Commission. Accessed December 6, 2021. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?contributor_name=Julie%20Fernandes. ^
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