Diplomat. Culturalist. Visual storyteller. Conversation curator. Politico. Bon vivant.
Building on two decades of global experience, including as a diplomat at the State Department and as a senior Obama aide, Julie Egan launched Salonniere to perform a different kind of diplomacy – one aimed at bringing people of eclectic backgrounds together over food and art to tackle tough conversations with diverse partners to inspire change.
While at the State Department, Julie executed diplomatic ventures as varied as entrepreneurship diplomacy, hip hop diplomacy, and food diplomacy. She helped launch President Obama’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit -- which has brought together over 30,000 entrepreneurs, investors and innovators in eight countries. And authored the first U.S. regional foreign policy in North Africa to include government, CEOs, and young entrepreneurs.
Most recently, Egan served in The White House on a historic team of senior advisors sent by President Obama to Detroit to assist in the recovery of an iconic American city following the most significant muncipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. In Detroit, she initiated the first refugee resettlement strategy for Detroit and a city-wide conversation on how urban diplomacy could be used in Detroit's renaissance.
Egan is a Fulbright scholar and a recipient of the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship. She is the granddaughter of farmers in Canada and entrepreneurs in Detroit, and has lived and worked in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. She loves to cook and collects female-designed sneakers.