Julie Blackburn, CFM
Environmental Practice Group Leader
Julie leads ISG’s Environmental Group bringing over 25 years of professional experience working in a leadership capacity to help clients identify and implement environmental solutions. As the former Governor’s appointee to the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council, Julie helps public and private partners evaluate and comply with environmental requirements to ensure successful project outcomes and create more sustainable environments.
Julie has a passion for engaging with communities and facilitating authentic conversations about conserving and managing their community, economic, and environmental resources. She takes a fresh approach to project delivery as she strives to improve the quality of life throughout the communities that ISG serves, and ensures smart planning to provide sustainability well into the future. With an impressive resume, Julie’s value and expertise is briefly described in the following list:
- Ambitious leadership in water resource management, including policy, planning, restoration, protection, and implementation programs.
- Development of innovative market-based conservation programs that improved watershed resiliency, expand policy options for regulated entities, and obtained multiple benefits for habitat, groundwater, and communities.
- Knowledge of federal and state environmental policy and development of rules and permitting programs at state and local government levels, including working with stakeholder groups and regulating agencies to establish performance standards and enforcement policies.
Strategic | Learner | Relator | Self-Assurance | Maximizer
Leading by Engaging, Art of Hosting Conversations That Matter (2019)
Senior Leadership Institute, University of Minnesota, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs (2012)
Environmental Leadership Award, Minnesota Erosion Control Association (2006)
Stream Fluvial and Geomorphology, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (2005)
Master of Science in Environmental and Forest Biology, and Applied Anthropology State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs (Joint diploma) – Syracuse, NY
Bachelor of Science in Cultural Anthropology and Environmental Science, St. Cloud State University – St. Cloud, MN