2021 Distinguished Alumni Recipient


Julie A. Harris B.S. '86, Computer Science

Julie Harris is the Global Head of Asset & Wealth Management Operations & Administration, at JPMorgan Chase, and has a track record of success in the world of business and finance, previously holding high-level positions at both Goldman Sachs and Diamond Technology Partners International. She began her career at Accenture, where she rose to the level of senior manager. For several years, she served on the board of directors of Clarient Global, a company providing centralized data and documentation services to help firms meet regulatory requirements.

Harris is a former member and president 2017-18 of the board of directors of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City. She has also played an active role within the corporate LGBT+ employee and executive networks at both Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase.

Outside of her business career, Harris spends time on the improv stage and is a graduate of the well-known Player’s Workshop of the Second City Improvisational Theatre training program; and was a founder, marketing director, and performer for The 44th Floor, an improvisational theatre troupe based in Chicago.

As a proud WMU alumna, Harris lent her expertise as a member and president of the WMU Alumni Association Board of Directors. As a WMU student, she was a proud member of the Bronco Marching Band, a residence hall advisor, and affiliated with Delta Zeta sorority.

Harris also holds a Master of Management degree from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She lives in New Jersey with her wife, Shari, and two sons, Nathaniel and Thaddeus.

Video of 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award Presentation: Julie A. Harris, B.S. ‘86