Julie M. Waters is the State Political Director of the University of California’s largest employee union: AFSCME 3299. In this role, she sponsors and lobbies state legislation to fight workplace discrimination, reform the criminal justice system and improve the quality of life of her members. Additionally, she leads the organizations political program to support and re-elect Democratic candidates to California state office and oversees the AFSCME 3299 PAC.
Ms. Waters was born in Berkeley to an African American father and Mexican American mother and raised in Oakland. Her parents, both workers at U.C. Berkeley’s Lawrence National Laboratory, instilled the value of hard work and service to her community at a very young age and those lessons have guided her lifelong commitment to public service. Ms. Waters has served in legislative and community affairs roles at AC Transit, the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association, the Office of Assemblymember Nancy Skinner and the Office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee.
She currently serves as an elected member and Vice-Chair of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee (AD-15) and in 2019 was appointed to serve as Lead Chair of the Voter Services Committee of the California Democratic Party. She is a proud graduate of San Diego State University, Emerge California and in her free-time volunteers in her local community as a member of the Alameda Contra Costa Chapter of the Links, Incorporated.