Role Model

Julia Bland

Class of 2007 | Louisiana Children's Museum

Annually since 1986, YLC has selected a class of outstanding New Orleanians who serve as Role Models by actively contributing to the betterment of the Greater New Orleans region. These individuals are an inspiration to YLC’s young professional members and to the community at large.

Our 2020 Role Model Class is comprised of past role models from YLC's 34-year history. Revisiting our Role Models is an opportunity to learn about their changes in leadership, leadership lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what makes them Proud to Call New Orleans Home.

Julia Bland has served as CEO of the Louisiana Children’s Museum for the past 22 years. The museum was selected as a winner of the IMLS 2015 National Medal, the highest honor for museums and libraries. She is the Past President of the Association of Children’s Museums and completed a six-year appointment to the National Museum and Library Services Board.

She served on the 2018 Commission, organized to celebrate New Orleans’ 300th anniversary.  Julia is past-chairman of America’s Promise Alliance’s New Orleans’ Kids Partnership and past chairman of the Advisory Board of the Tulane Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health.  She has served locally on a city-wide Steering Committee and Coordinating Group for Fit NOLA, New Orleans’ municipal childhood obesity plan, and statewide as a member of the Birth to Five Literacy Task Force for Louisiana. In 2013 she organized a first-ever museum trip to Reggio Emilia, Italy, to study the world-renowned infant and toddler centers through a week-long Study Tour. Additionally, she led the Early Learning Village campaign, a $47.5 million multi-dimensional early childhood campus in New Orleans City Park, opened in August 2019.

Julia was awarded the Colin and Alma Powell Legacy award is in the Hall of Fame as a CityBusiness Woman of the Year.  Julia earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in art history from Tulane University’s Newcomb College.