Julie Sullivan-Springhetti is the director of the Communications Office. Her job allows her to be “constantly listening and constantly learning from the people in this community."
Born in "Butte, America," she graduated from the University of Montana and worked as a news reporter in Alaska, Montana, Washington and most recently, at The Oregonian in Portland where she shared the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. She is the winner of more than 30 journalism and writing awards and co-authored Expecting Miracles with Dr. Christo Zouves.
In 2011, she joined the County as the spokesperson for the Multnomah County Health Department. She took over the Communications Office in late 2016 where she oversees media relations, emergency and strategic communications.
When she’s not at the county, Julie hikes, skis, kayaks and volunteers with the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and women's issues.