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Updated: May 1, 2023 / Power 50 for 2023

2023 Power 50: Julie Bowditch

A photo of Julie Bowditch wearing a pink top and black blazer in front of a brick wall. PHOTO | Courtesy of The CASA Project Julie Bowditch, executive director of The CASA Project Worcester County.
Julie Bowditch Title Executive director Company CASA Project Worcester County, in Worcester Residence Worcester College Worcester State University Read all the 2023 Power 50 profiles here
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If Worcester has one person who serves as the face of everything positive about the city’s business community, it’s probably Julie Bowditch. She volunteers regularly, supports local causes, uplifts other young women professionals, and is a regular fixture at high-profile events, such as the Safe Homes Gala and People of Courage Awards in April.

Bowditch served on the Worcester Tercentennial Celebration Committee as the parade co-chair, has served as president of Women in Development of Central Massachusetts, and received two keys to the City of Worcester. She is a founding board member for the Central Mass Conference for Women.

In her day job, Bowditch took on the top role at CASA Project Worcester County just over a year ago, leading the oldest nonprofit advocating for abused, neglected, and vulnerable children in Massachusetts, part of the National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association. CASAs help children navigate the juvenile court systems and those in foster care receive better outcomes. With only 10 employees, CASA Project Worcester County still serves more than 60 communities. The organization coordinates a group of 200+ screened volunteers and serves hundreds of children each year. Under Bowditch’s leadership, the $1.2-million organization has implemented new mission, vision, and diversity, equity, and inclusion statements; received grants from Bank of America and UMass Memorial Health; and hosted two large-scale fundraisers.

How should professionals best use the power they wield? “Any measure of power and privilege should be used to lift others up. Whatever position we are in, we should strive to amplify the voices and work of those who stand to benefit from our platform, and to give two hands up to anyone who needs them.”

Smile city: Bowditch has a Harvey Ball smile tattoo from local artist Eamon Gillen.

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