Julie Kay Roberts, President and Founder of JKR Consulting grew up in Marshall, Texas and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from East Texas Baptist University in Speech Communication and Political Science.
After graduating from college, Julie moved to Washington, DC to pursue a career in politics in the Administration of President George W. Bush. While in Washington she worked for Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Joe Allbaugh; the Assistant Secretary for Pension and Welfare Benefits at the US Department of Labor, Ann Combs; US Secretary of Labor, Elaine Chao; Under Secretary for International Trade at the US Department of Commerce, Grant Aldonas; and US Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Cliff Sobel. During the four years of the Bush Administration, Julie gained valuable insight into government relations, public relations and event management.
While serving at the US Department of Labor, Julie coordinated the logistics on the 2002 National Summit on Retirement Savings featuring President George W. Bush, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, US Commerce Secretary Don Evans, and ten members of the US Congress as the program speakers. Upon completion of the SAVER Summit, Julie was asked by Secretary Elaine Chao to handle her scheduling, internal and external events.
In early 2003, Julie moved to the US Department of Commerce and began coordinating the logistics of the 2003 Partnership for Prosperity Conference in San Francisco. The conference brought together small business owners from the US and Mexico for networking opportunities and to discuss the issues affecting their business. Julie worked with the Under Secretary for Commerce on the 2003 US Manufacturing Tour, in which US government officials met with manufacturers to gain a better understanding of their concerns. After completing the manufacturing tour, Julie was detailed to the White House Office of the United States Trade Representative to coordinate the 2003 Free Trade Area of the America’s Ministerial in Miami. Working with the City of Miami, Miami-Dade County, State of Florida, and US Government, Julie coordinated a ministerial that included 26 trade ministers and their support staff.
Julie's last position with the Bush Administration was as the Special Assistant to the US Ambassador in the Netherlands. While working for the US State Department, she handled visits to the Netherlands by US dignitaries, including members of the US Supreme Court, Cabinet Secretaries, government officials, and members of the US business community.