As CLF’s Lake Champlain Lakekeeper, Julie Silverman works to advocate, inform, and inspire people to protect and restore Lake Champlain and its surrounding natural spaces in order to keep the Lake Champlain region a magnificent place to live, work, and play—the west coast of New England.
Before joining CLF, Julie worked for the State of Vermont’s Aquatic Invasive Species Program, and designed and taught environmental programs focusing on marine debris for the Rozalia Project. She also founded her own consulting firm where she worked with groups such as HAWX Open Ocean, which developed accessible underwater technology, and Earthwatch Institute, where she led international climate change programs for corporate leaders. Prior to founding her own business, she spent nearly 20 years developing and growing ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain’s programs and exhibits on Burlington’s Waterfront.
Julie holds a B. A. in biology from Wheaton College and a Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in secondary biology from Tufts University. She is passionate about the outdoors and water in all its forms—she’s taught skiing for more than two decades and cruised and raced sailboats on Lake Champlain and both coasts. She loves wildlife watching from the water and on land, hiking, biking, and walking.