• Empathic Listener
  • Strategist
  • Catalyst
  • Committed Learner

Julia L. Ritchie

Executive Coach | Organizational Architect


Julia Ritchie is committed to helping leaders and organizations unlock their potential and take bold action to transform themselves, their organization, and the world. 

Julia is an executive coach with experience across multiple sectors, e.g., philanthropy, international, national and local nonprofits, government and academic institutions, social enterprises, private equity and family-owned businesses. Julia understands the realities that leaders are facing today, and recognizes that making strategic decisions, leading organizational change, and striving to be an adaptive leader requires facing ambiguity and managing complexity. The combination of her clinical training and use of embodied leadership practices helps leaders take risks, engage authentically, and manage challenging situations. Julia has a consultative approach that recognizes individual strengths, encourages commitment and participation, and delivers universal growth. Julia will lean in with you to provide thought partnership, leadership guidance, and strategic counsel that builds awareness, skills, and confidence. 

With more than 20 years of guiding strategy development and organizational change initiatives for organizations large and small, Julia sees herself as an “organizational architect.” She partners with leaders to re-imagine what’s possible and design a blueprint for you and/or your organization that identifies and stages the strategies needed to increase your effectiveness and build a vibrant, resilient and impactful organization. Julia is a master facilitator and has a national reputation for superbly managing group processes that promote dialogue, bridge agendas, build consensus and successfully meeting project objectives 

Before attaining her advanced degrees, Julia worked as a fundraising consultant in New York City. She received a Bachelors’ degree from Princeton University; a Masters of Arts and a Masters in Education and Counseling Psychology from Columbia University. She is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and a certified executive coach.  Currently she is on the Advisory Board for the Pipeline Project, a leadership development program for LGBT leaders of color; and is a trustee for the California Immigrant Policy Center, a constituent-based statewide rights organization that promotes and protects safety, health and public benefits and integration programs for immigrants. She is on the Board of Blanton-Peale Institute, an affordable mental health and spiritual counseling and training center.  She is a Board Advisor for Informing Change, a national strategy and evaluation firm. You can learn more about Julia at www.juliaritchie.com 


  1. Julia was a competitive swimmer growing up and competed in the 1980 Olympic Trials for the 100 and 200 meter butterfly.
  2. Julia is committed to environmental causes, land-use preservation, restoration of the earth’s diverse ecosystems. When not working she is hiking the trails with her husband and dog, or kayaking the local waterways.