The Director

The Director


Julia Burrows - Director, Governing Institute

Julia BurrowsJulia Burrows is the Director of the Governing Institute, where she manages the Institute’s research and advisory operations.  Prior to joining Governing Julia was Vice President for Corporate Relations & Advancement for Enable Energy (Enable), a renewable energy advancement company that invents new renewable energy technology, manages commercial solar projects and advises clients on sustainability. Julia was responsible for the sustainability consulting practice, the corporate presence in the media, and connecting the company to the community. 

Julia Burrows previously served as the president and executive director of Greenwise Joint Venture, a high-impact regional nonprofit organization focused on transforming the Sacramento area into the greenest region in the country and a hub for clean technology.  In this role, she also served as senior advisor to Mayor Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson for sustainability, climate and resiliency initiatives. 

Before it was a joint venture, Julia managed the “Greenwise Initiative,” launched by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. She co-authored the Greenwise Regional Action Plan following eight-months of convening regional leaders, hosting inspirational speakers, and collecting the best ideas to grow the Sacramento region’s green economy, steward the environment and raise the region’s green IQ. 

Julia served the citizens and City Council of Roseville, CA for 22 years first in the Planning and Community Development Departments before serving in the City Manager’s Office from 1994 to 2010. She was responsible for the city’s economic development efforts, communications division, and Council support as Deputy City Manager/Economic Development Director.  

With more than 25 years of experience in economic development, planning, advocacy, and sustainability, Julia is passionate about creating opportunities for everyone to be part of the green economy. Her commitment to the environment comes from a belief that we are all temporary stewards protecting our quality of life for future generations. 

Julia has received numerous awards during her career for her leadership and commitment to the communities she serves. She was named a “40 under 40 Young Professional” in 1995 by the Sacramento Business Journal and won their prestigious “Women Who Mean Business Award” in 2006. She was the 2007 recipient of the Roseville Chamber of Commerce Athena Award.  She is an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow, graduating with Class XII in 2009 and a recipient of the Sacramento Business Journal “Green Leadership Award – Individual Game Changer” in 2012. 

Julia received her Bachelor of Science in environmental policy analysis and planning from the University of California, Davis. She is a proud mother of three with two sons who are currently university students and a daughter in 8th grade. In her free time, Julia runs 5Ks and half marathons, volunteers through the National Charity League, South Placer Chapter with her daughter and serves on the executive board of Jesuit High School of Carmichael, CA. 

Bob Graves - Associate Director

Bob GravesBob Graves. M.S., associate director of the Governing Institute, is the designated content curator for the FutureStructure initiative and also a co-founder of e.Republic, the parent organization of Governing. As associate director, Graves writes, presents, moderates and provides advice on smart and sustainable approaches to water, waste, energy, transportation and building systems drawing from his more than 25 years of experience working with private sector companies, nonprofits and state and local governments.

In the 1980s as a co-founder of e.Republic, Graves was instrumental in establishing the Government Technology event and publishing divisions of the company. These divisions expanded rapidly from a single Government Technology Conference in Sacramento, California (1987) to scores of regional and local conferences and print and online publications providing news, in-depth articles, and research to hundreds of governments agencies and IT companies across the country. He also served as its Chief Administrative Officer and president, ensuring that the company's organization kept pace with its growth into new sectors of research and online publishing.

In 2006 capitalizing on his academic training in environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Graves co-founded and served as president and editor-at-large of Green Technology, a California based nonprofit publishing organization providing strategy and leadership for clean and sustainable communities. Bob helped produce three international "Governors' Global Climate Summits" with a team from then California Governor Schwarzenegger's office. He has also headed the production of numerous conferences on green technology, moderated roundtables on high performance buildings and guided training activities for over 5,000 government building officials and design/construction professionals on CALGreen - California's new green building code.