Julie Castle, chief development, marketing & communications officer

Julie joined Best Friends for a second time in 2007, after six years as executive director of No More Homeless Pets in Utah, a coalition of 22 rescue groups, 54 animal control agencies, and 85 veterinarians. During that period, No More Homeless Pets in Utah saw a 50 percent drop in euthanasia statewide.

While at No More Homeless Pets in Utah, Julie helped design and build many nationally recognized model lifesaving programs, such as the Big Fix, a mobile spay/neuter clinic; Furburbia adoption centers; Strut Your Mutt; the Feral Fix; and super adoptions. 

Julie has created and held several management, marketing and consulting positions over the past 15 years, including setting up a student exchange program in the former Soviet Union; developing nationwide brand extensions for companies like Coca-Cola, M&M Mars, and Ocean Spray; and advising numerous animal welfare organizations on marketing, fundraising, spay/neuter and adoption programming.

Julie graduated from Southern Utah University magna cum laude with a B.S., and currently serves on their national alumni board. Julie and her husband, Gregory, live in Utah, where they run marathons and hike in Southern Utah's red rock wilderness. Julie enjoys restoring historic homes and is an avid gardener.