Staff Highlight: Julia Babbitt Williams, Manager of Grants and Advancement
Where were you before your time with ESLC?
I am the youngest of six siblings, originally from Portsmouth, VA; but lived in Maryland for over 30 years. I went to VA Tech and majored in Psychology, because people fascinate me. I am intrigued by the science and study of human behavior, and by people’s interests, their stories, and what jazzes them. I have found my psychology degree useful in all aspects of life.
How did you come to work for ESLC?
I worked for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for most of my career, and as my path moved forward, after my three children were a bit older, I was fortunate to find an organization with a similar, place-based mission, on the Eastern Shore.
What is your favorite thing about ESLC?
Working in concert with others who have similar passions, toward a common goal, is an extremely fulfilling way to work! And the team at ESLC lifts each other up to do the good work toward a preserved, revitalized, accessible Eastern Shore. My appreciation for the land and people all around the shore has been enhanced through my work here.
What is your favorite thing about the Eastern Shore?
The vast beauty of the shore still takes my breath away; and the connected small towns, each with its own personality, expresses the uniqueness of the shore. I am grateful every day for my time on the shore.
If you were given a million dollars, what would you do with it?
Hmmmm, well, first I would pay off my kids’ college, lol; but then, I would work closely with environmental and conservation organizations (such as ESLC) to help secure habitat for biodiversity and to let the wild be, just for the sake of being wild. And I would help enhance local programs that lift up healthy food accessibility in the community. Can I do all of that for a million dollars??