Julie Rigrish, Regional Director for Purdue Center for Regional Development and Purdue Engagement. Julie promotes Purdue University programs and resources which advance community development, workforce development, entrepreneurship and small business in Indiana. Julie is a certified Team Lead for the PCRD Economic Gardening Strategic Research Team and the Rural Opportunity Zone Initiative (ROZI).
Julie attended Indiana University with studies in Education, earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University, an MBA from IWU, Graduate Certificate in Human Resource from Purdue and earned certifications in Lending and Insurance. Julie has also earned an Economic Gardening Professional Certification as Strategic Research Team – Team Leader.
Prior to joining Purdue, Julie was in management in the finance industry with expertise in finance, business development, marketing, entrepreneurship, training and coaching & development. Julie has also enjoyed teaching as an Adjunct Professor for several years.
Julie co-founded the 10th Street Area Business Association in Jeffersonville, IN. She has served on several boards to include: The Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Jeffersonville Revolving Loan Fund Board, Jeffersonville Planning Committee, Habitat for Humanity, Treasurer for the New Albany Rotary Club and Rotary Foundation of New Albany, Secretary for The Windsor Society, Personal Counseling Service, Inc. and Chairperson for the Society of Samaritan Women and the Rotary Toast. Currently Julie is a member of Leadership Southern Indiana, the New Albany Rotary Club and a student mentor and a non-profit volunteer.