Julianne Markow

Chief Operating Officer at Voice of San Diego

Julianne Markow is a high-impact, pragmatic leader with more than 25 years of experience at Fortune 500, start-up, and non-profit corporations. She loves working with creative people in multidisciplinary environments and is committed to making a difference in her community and in organizations she serves. Through her consulting practice, Wherefore Consulting, Julianne is helping businesses strategically align their corporate social responsibility and environmental, social, and governance efforts with their values and business goals to maximize profitability.

An insatiable learner, Julianne has had a diverse career that spanned a variety of industries: consumer packaged goods, technology, childcare, and museums. She is a strategic thinker who synthesizes disparate ideas, creates clear and actionable plans, secures resources, identifies and overcomes obstacles, and drives success. As an accomplished builder of cross-disciplinary teams, Julianne enjoys mentoring colleagues and helping them execute initiatives successfully to reach their goals.

Most recently Julianne served as CEO of The New Children’s Museum, where she led the organization to new levels of visibility, success and growth, achieving record attendance and membership levels. Prior to that she served as chief operating officer at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the San Diego Museum of Art.


Julianne’s corporate experience spans a range of disciplines. She led tech support and product development teams at Gateway Computers, and spearheaded strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, business integrations, and financial planning and analysis at a large division of Sara Lee Corporation. She began her business career working for an international trade company in the former Soviet Union. Julianne earned her MBA in finance from The University of Chicago, holds an MA in international relations from Columbia University, and received her BA magna cum laude from Harvard University.

Julianne is an active member of the San Diego community. She has served on the boards of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce and the MS Society, was a volunteer with The American Gut Project at UCSD, mentored entrepreneurs at SDSU’s Center for the Commercialization of Advanced Technology, and led the PTA at her son’s high school. Julianne serves on the board of directors at Kitchens for Good, on the advisory board for the San Diego Art Institute, and volunteers regularly to prepare and serve dinner at Rachel’s Women’s Center (Catholic Charities).

Throughout her career, Julianne has maintained a strong commitment to her family, raising two boys with her husband of 29 years. She is curious about the world and loves exploring new places, trying all kinds of food, cooking for friends and family, partaking of an array of cultural experiences, and being active (surfing, hiking, dancing).