Julie Bolcer is Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Communications in the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs. In this role, she focuses on identifying global opportunities for engagement and amplifying the work of the Office on behalf of New York City. Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Julie served as Executive Director of Public Affairs and Communications for the NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner, and as a spokesperson for U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in the Southern District of New York. Earlier, as a correspondent for The Advocate magazine, she extensively covered the campaign to win marriage equality in the courts and state legislatures, and her writing was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award. Julie also served as chief of staff to New York State Senator Tom Duane representing the West Side of Manhattan, and worked in advocacy positions for the Forefront network of young human rights advocates and the Environmental Defense Fund. Julie holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy and a master's degree in diplomacy and international relations from Seton Hall University, where she was a collegiate national champion in impromptu speaking. A native of Baltimore, Julie lives in Brooklyn with her partner and their rescue dog and cat. In free time, she enjoys cycling along the city's waterfront greenways, live music, travel, and history books.