Young Alumni Leadership Award

Julie (Trott) Kennedy ’99
Area: Education/Community Service

Julie (Trott) Kennedy majored in chemistry at Willamette and received a number of scholarships and honors. Among these are the Colonel Percy Willis Award and a Senior Key. She was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority and was honored as Greek Woman of the Year. An active participant in campus ambassadors, Opening Days and the Webber Science Outreach Program, Kennedy served the Willamette community in many ways. After leaving Willamette, she pursued a masters in public policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, graduating in 2005.

Kennedy is currently the founding principal of the Williamsburg Collegiate Charter School in Brooklyn, N.Y. The school, which Julie co-founded in 2004, offers a college preparatory program and currently serves 250 students in grades 5–8; it will continue expanding by one grade and 75 students each year. In 2007, the school was ranked #1 out of 1500+ in New York City according to New York City Department of Education progress reports. These reports are based on student performance and improvement on state assessments, student demographics and various survey data. Williamsburg Collegiate currently has a waiting list of over 700 students.

Prior to her current role, Kennedy taught 5th grade science at Boston Collegiate Charter School, where she founded the journalism club, outdoors club and the national park expedition program. She has also served as the chairperson for the Kennedy School of Government’s Social Policy Professional Interest Council and as a volunteer for Earthwatch and Outdoor Explorations.

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