Julie Cooke assumed the duties of Director of Visitor
Programs and Volunteer Services in February 2001, and recently oversaw
Cathedral Centennial activities and programs during the Centennial year. She
supervises and coordinates the offices of Visitor Programs which serves more
than 430,000 visitors to the Cathedral each year.
She also holds responsibility for exhibitions, the Tour
and Tea program and other hospitality programs. Ms. Cooke served as the 2000
chair of Washington National Cathedrals All Hallows Guild Flower
Mart, a major annual outdoor fundraiser for the Cathedrals gardens
From 1995 to 1998 Ms. Cooke supervised the development
of St. Johns Episcopal Preschool.
Her professional experience includes a senior position
in the office of Barbara Bush, during Mrs. Bushs time as First Lady
and wife of the Vice President, where she coordinated Mrs. Bushs
support for literacy, libraries, and voluntary programs in support for
community needs. Beforehand she served as coordinator of Bicentennial
Programs for the National Park Service. She also taught middle school in
Rochester, New York.
Cooke graduated from Grove City College in
Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and secondary
education. She has also completed course work in George Mason
Universitys Nonprofit Management Graduate Certificate program.
Cooke retired from the Cathedral on June 30, 2009.