Julie Castle was born and raised in Bountiful, Utah, a descendent of pioneers and entrepreneurs.xDxAFollowing graduation from Southern Utah University, Julie was headed for law school when she happened to stop by Best Friends Animal Sanctuary with some friends. The Sanctuary, the nokill ethic and the vision of the founders had a profound effect on her, inspiring her to trade away her legal ambitions for a lowpaying job as a Best Friends employee.xDxAAs the organization grew, in 2000, Julie went on to lead No More Homeless Pets in Utah, a statewide nokill coalition led by Best Friends that comprised 166 rescue organizations, animal control agencies and veterinarians. During her sixyear tenure, Utah achieved a 50 reduction in shelter deaths statewide and Utah now has more documented nokill communities than any other state in the country, currently at 129.xDxAIn 2014, Julie took on leadership of the organizations fundraising efforts. Under one combined division, the communications, marketing and development teams were able to flourish, and fundraising grew by 48 to 130 million, and membership grew by 30.xDxAOver the years, Julie has championed the concept of multiple organizations and municipalities joining forces publicly to tackle a shared social problem ending the killing of dogs and cats in shelters. She organized the design, groundwork and coalitionbuilding for NKLA NoKill Los Angeles, a communityfocused initiative that brought together the city of Los Angeles and more than 130 organizations to make L.A. a nokill city. Formally launched in 2012, NKLA led L.A. from a save rate of 56 to 87 by the end of 2017. As part of that work, Julie initiated a successful bid to operate the citys Mission Hills shelter as the Best Friends Pet Adoption and SpayNeuter Center.xDxAIn 2016, Julie put a stake in the ground on behalf of Best Friends to take the entire country to nokill by 2025. The NKLA initiative and Utah coalition are serving as groundbreaking and sustainable models for Best Friends bold, coalitiondriven campaign to make the entire country nokill.xDxARecognized as a leader and voice of the national nokill movement, Julie lives with her husband, Gregory, in Utah, where they run marathons and hike in southern Utahs redrock wilderness. Julie also enjoys restoring historic homes, is an avid gardener and owns a pizza joint in Kanab.