Julie Ann Rivers-Cochran, MSW, is committed to helping nonprofit organizations carry out their mission while best serving their constituency. She has over 20 years of experience in supporting nonprofit Executive Director, Board of Directors, and staff with training, technical assistance, and capacity-building on issues such as board governance, board development, board recruitment, mission-driven program and policy development, strategic planning, and grant acquisition and management. She also has a successful history of leading workshops, presenting key note addresses, and developing curricula on topics such as, but not limited to: being an adult survivor of childhood abuse, trauma-informed services, cultural humility, forming successful multidisciplinary community collaboratives, and the importance of listening sessions to best serve a nonprofit’s constituency. She is a Steering Committee member of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence’s ACE-DV Leadership Forum. The Forum’s members provide technical assistance and training, serve as project advisors, write or review materials, and provide consultation on the development of research, programs, and policies that may impact the lives of children exposed to domestic violence.


In addition to her expertise in nonprofit management, Julie Ann has an extensive history of developing and implementing natural and human-made disaster preparedness, response, recovery, mitigation and critical incident response programming to support nonprofit organizations with the ultimate goal of minimizing service provision interruption and impact on the nonprofit’s constituency following a disaster. Programming includes a  “help the helper” focus to also support staff. Julie Ann’s disaster experience started during Florida’s 2004 hurricane season when four major hurricanes made landfall. She also assisted programs in Mississippi and Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, New York and New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy and Texas, Florida and Louisiana after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. As a result of her work, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Administration invited her to co-author and train the disaster curricula Domestic Violence Advocacy: Disaster Response with the National Domestic Violence Hotline. The curricula included Trainer and Advocate Guides for first responders and domestic violence program advocates. 


Julie Ann holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Florida State University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College, and an Executive Certificate in Transformational Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. She is also a certified Field Traumatologist and Compassion Fatigue Educator.