Julia C. Hurley
President + Co-Founder
An international development professional, prior to Polithon, she ran a Department of State funded fellowship program for Egyptian and Tunisian professionals focused on economic empowerment. In 2013, she was a consultant for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in the Gaza Strip, where she had also lived in 2011 volunteering with the Agency and freelancing. She has spoken at universities around the US on Israel/Palestine, and written editorial pieces that have appeared in The National (UAE), The Record, and The Cairo Review. She holds a B.S. in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University, and studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo. She also worked closely with Simon Sinek, on his books Start With Why and Leaders Eat Last, and in fundraising for Share Our Strength and the No Kid Hungry Campaign. Julia believes in empowering people to better their own circumstances, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University.
In her spare time, she's a dedicated yogi and foodie.
Creative Director + Co-Founder
A tech entrepreneur with work experiences in the US, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East and North Africa + Afghanistan, Evanna stumbled into the Israel/ Palestine problem when her award-winning mobile enterprise company, g.Maarifa, expanded into MENA through Jordan. She is also a consultant for various USAID- and- World Bank-funded project specializing in innovation models and ICT in emerging markets. She has spoken at numerous conferences around the world, such as Harvard Social Enterprise Conference, the World Entrepreneurship Forum, African Association of Business Schools Conference, Yahoo! Change Your World, and the Global Engagement Summit. She has won numerous accolades and her work has been covered by multiple news outlets and magazines. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago.
She runs a lot. And does muay thai boxing.
Communications Advisor + Board Member
A Senior Associate in the Strategic Communications Division at the Glover Park Group, Irene helps clients harness digital platforms to tell their stories powerfully and creatively and engage with target audiences. Befo
When she's not in front of a computer, you can find her in Zumba class or at one of DC's many wonderful theater venues.
Rob is a seasoned software consultant with a track record of spearheading strategic software initiatives at large companies like Nextel, La Petite Academy, Axciom, The Carlyle Group, United States Mint, Globalfoundries, Fannie Mae and most recently at Thermo Fisher Scientific. As a results oriented agile mentor and collaborator, he has the project and technical leadership experience to raise the team average and accelerate bringing your business idea to market. Rob earned his BS in Computer Science from James Madison University, and is a Certified Scrum Master.
Social Media Consultant
A progressive policy wonk with a specialty in advocacy through modern media communications, Courtney is one semester away from graduating early from Tulane University with a degree in Political Science and History. She has interned with Louisiana State Senator Karen Carter Peterson's office, Congressman Alan Lowenthal's office, and McBee Strategic Consulting. Courtney also ran a campaign against campus sexual assault that garnered national attention and a speaking opportunity at Pew. Now, with an expertise in social media she has been cultivating since creating her first editorial calendar for Spark Career Strategy her freshman year, she's working as a freelance consultant for non-profits and policy organizations.
An International Politics major at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service concentrating in security studies, Abe comes from a competitive debate background that taught him the importance of brainstorming and thinking around issues instead of betting on the first solution that comes to mind. He is dedicated to community service, and runs community outreach for the Georgetown Farmers market, and was the star of Georgetown Rangila's Bollywood Remix dance at the Kennedy Center.