Senior Advisor for Advancement
Julie Fitzpatrick Rafferty brings more than 20 years of fundraising, media relations, and marketing communications experience to her role helping the Legal Services Center pursue greater visibility and funding for its work. In addition to running her own public relations and fundraising communications firm, she was most recently Associate Vice Dean for Communications at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Julie previously was Director of Communications at Harvard-affiliated Joslin Diabetes Center.
At Harvard Chan, Julie supervised a team responsible for the School’s media relations and fundraising communications, as well as the School’s website, social media presence and magazine. She oversaw the School’s fundraising communications program in preparation for a $450 million Capital Campaign, which subsequently exceeded that goal.
At Joslin, she built the marketing and fundraising communications and public relations function from the ground up, helping to solidify Joslin’s position as the name brand in diabetes treatment and research.
Julie also has held positions as a Public Information Officer at Harvard Medical School, and as an editor and reporter covering politics, local government and features for several newspapers in New York. Julie has received numerous awards and honors from such organizations as the American Medical Writers Association, Cine, and the New England Direct Marketing Association
Julie is a magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University, where she majored in Policy Studies and Journalism.