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Team Encounter: Julia Eddy, IT & Data Manager

How did you land in the IT and/or Data Management world?

It was a happy accident for me. I originally interviewed for a social services job at Bread for the City. I have SO much respect for folks who do direct service, but I actually think getting turned down for that Case Manager job was the best thing for me. Then I found a place in admin, IT, data, and operations, and my eyes were opened to how I could be most useful in the broader fight for justice. I love solving problems/fixing broken things, giving people tools that help them do their work better, breaking down complexity into manageable bites, and finding the best ways to spend and save money!

What is the coolest part of working on BFC’s IT & Data team specifically?

  • Working with smart teammates who have high standards – Jackie, Judy, Andre, Niels, Margaret, Stacey J, Jeannine.
  • Lately I’ve been working a lot on the Technology/AV/Security/furniture for the new SE building and it’s been really fun to plan that out and go on a massive shopping spree to equip a new space!
  • Talking to Andre about cats.

When you’re not at work, what are you most likely to be doing?

Hiking, lifting up rocks in search of salamanders, hunting down sunsets, playing games with friends, or putzing around at home – gardening, cooking, lounging in front of some Netflix with my cats. (Is this my Tinder profile?)

What is one of your favorite memories from childhood?

I grew up in a very small town in Vermont (one-stop-sign kind of small). I love and miss the freshness of the air there, walking in the woods, the wildflowers and blackberries of summer, swimming in the river, and the creaky floorboards of the general store.

What can always touch your heart?

The most basic acts of human kindness.

If (for some strange reason) you could only eat from one food group for an entire month, which would you choose?

The foundation of the food pyramid — pizza and beer, obviously.

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