Julia Byrd is the Vice Chair at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS). She has decades of experience in philanthropy and educational programs in the U.S. and in Latin America, working with U.S. universities and community-based non-profit organizations. At CLACS, she manages and develops grant and endowment programs; administers student fellowships; and oversees programs, staff and daily operations. She has secured more than $3 million in grants from funders such as the Ford Foundation and the US Department of Education. She created the Nahuatl and Mam programs at Berkeley, collaborating with community groups to serve Berkeley students and the broader Bay Area. Julia has a BA from Wesleyan University and a MA from Stanford University, both in Latin American Studies. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese.