Julie is the managing partner at Resource Dimensions, a Washington based economics consulting firm specializing in integrated economic impact analysis, economic development, the economics of environmental services, market, feasibility and business development analyses.
Originally from Minnesota, she developed an early appreciation for the environment and the nonprofit world. While a student at the U of M, she worked with MPRIG on efforts to help establish the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Since moving to Gig Harbor in 2002, with her then 10 year-old daughter, she has been actively engaged in the community and is one of GGHF's five founding members.
Julie Ann holds a PhD in economics and an MS in land use planning from the University of Edinburgh, an MEM in resource economics and policy and an LLM from Duke University, and a BS summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota. CFRE-certified since 1989, she has developed over $90M in assets for various organizations in the US and abroad.
Along life’s path, she has taught, developed, directed, and advised on programs, laws, and policies that span the human interface between nature and the built environment. Dr. Gustanski has worked for global fortune 500 corporations, top ranked universities, tribes, governments, communities and nonprofit organizations of all shapes and sizes.
Widely written, Julie has published over 200 studies, articles, reports and reviews focused on the interactions between law, economics, policy and ethics in relation to issues of resource management, public, private and trust lands, treaty-protected resources, endangered species, parks, economic development, community sustainability and related programs. Considered a leader in the evolution of conservation easements, she has helped assure the protection of some 2-million acres of land across North America. Among her published works is the treatise Protecting the Land: Conservation Easements - Past, Present and Future (Island Press).
Following Park District meetings about Harbor Family Park in 2006, she joined forces with community leaders to form the Foundation, which then helped raise the $1.3M to buy the land. Julie served as the organization's first treasurer, seven years as its president, and the balance in a volunteer capacity as its CEO. In 2010, she was honored by the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce with the Non-Profit Community Service Award and in 2016 named as a "community unsung hero" by Westsound Home & Garden. She is currently serving her second term on the Pierce County Conservation Futures Advisory Board.
Over the past 10 years, she has been involved in developing a variety of GGHF's events and funds that help support diverse community programs, projects, scholarships and grants. Examples include The Green Gig: Locally Grown, Cider Swig, #Community Harvest, The Big Sports Gig, and the Heritage Fund, which is a community endowment fund.
An avid cook and adventurer, Julie loves exploring the the lands and waters of the Northwest. kayaking, hiking, cycling, and walks with her dogs, Aoife and Niamh; and still occionally plays a mean squash game.