Julia Dundorf has directed the New England Grassroots Environment Fund (Grassroots Fund), a public foundation supporting deep community-led grassroots action, since 2014. The Grassroots Fund seeks to achieve environmental justice and equity through inclusive participatory grantmaking, and by shifting power and access to resources to marginalized communities most affected by environmental threats. Julia is particularly passionate about the Grassroots Fund’s role in a movement to disrupt the power imbalance at the community level and across philanthropy.
She has three decades of experience forming and working with nonprofits and grassroots community projects. Julia attributes her passion for environmental advocacy and building resilient, equitable communities to her experiences of growing up on an off-grid farm in the hills of northern New Hampshire. She now lives in southeast New Hampshire in a home she built with her husband, Chris, and is the proud mother of three, ages 23-19. When not pursuing her work passions, Julia is an avid woodworker and thrives anywhere outdoors, including hiking, cross country skiing, kayaking, and sailing off the shores of New Hampshire and Maine.