Julie Katsel, Jim Kolbe Free Enterprise Fellow

At the University of Arizona, Julie is responsible for coordinating and maintaining positive working relationships with the Tucson and Greater Pima County community, local elected and appointed officials and their staffs, and community leaders from business, education, and non-profit sectors.

Prior to joining the University, Julie was the Southern Arizona Director for United States Senator Jeff Flake for five years. She worked for 17 years on Senator Jon Kyl’s Tucson staff and for Congressman Jim Kolbe in Washington, D.C.

Julie is a Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Fellow, an American Enterprise Institute Leadership Fellow, an Arizona Lottery Commissioner, a Pima County Trial Court Commissioner, and has served on the Board of Directors for the International Town & Gown Association, the Tucson Metro Chamber, and the Downtown Tucson Partnership, and as a DMAFB Honorary Commander. She received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Arizona in Political Science and holds a Masters in Computer Information Systems.

About the Jim Kolbe Free Enterprise Fellowship
Inaugurated in 2023, the Jim Kolbe Free Enterprise Fellowship provides strong compensation for foremost policy experts to research key issues affecting the Arizona economy such as international trade, finance, appropriations, tech excellence, commerce, and more.