Julie Lerudis

Director of Finance & Operations

Julie Lerudis currently serves as the Boettcher Foundation’s director of finance and operations, a role that includes overseeing the foundation’s $300 million endowment. Since joining the foundation in 2007, Julie has served in a variety of roles including program officer, director of grant programs and director of strategic initiatives. She launched the foundation’s Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards program and the Space to Create Colorado Initiative.

Julie is a CPA with more than 25 years of experience in accounting and project management in the nonprofit, healthcare and real estate sectors. She is a frequent presenter on nonprofit financial statements, and her passion is strengthening communities and magnifying impact through leveraging talent and connecting resources. She began her career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Her interest in private foundations was sparked when she worked as a financial advisor in a family office practice.

Julie was born and raised in New Mexico. She graduated with honors from New Mexico State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She has called Colorado home for more than 20 years. Outside of work, Julie loves to spend time with her family, friends and crazy dog.

Community Involvement:

  • Philanthropy Southwest; treasurer, board member
  • Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund; treasurer, board member
  • Denver Urban Renewal Authority; commissioner

Favorite Colorado Experience:

Taking my husband and kids to the Movie Manor Hotel/Drive-In Theater in Monte Vista, snowshoeing to the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse Yurt outside of Leadville for one of the best meals I’ve ever had, and enjoying the beautiful Colorado landscape.

Fun Fact:

I was an extra in the original “Red Dawn” movie. That was the beginning and end of my acting career.