About Julia

Julia believes in making the world a better place. And she backs up that belief with action. A lifetime of work in the nonprofit sector has given Julia both the skills and the knowledge to improve her community - professionally, as a community volunteer, and as an elected member of the Nevada State Senate.

As a small business owner, Julia understands the challenges and opportunities facing business owners. She started and ran her own successful business, Strategic Management Services, for well over a decade, providing management solutions primarily to nonprofit and government organizations. She is respected in the business community and is a graduate of the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce Leadership Reno-Sparks program and a 20 Under 40 Award winner. 

As a State Senator, Julia has tackled complex issues ranging from Property Tax, to Women’s Health, and Affordable Housing, to Historic Preservation of Native American Artifacts, and everything in-between. Julia is currently the Chair of Senate Committee on Revenue and Economic Development and Vice-Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Resources. She also sits on the Senate Committees on Natural Resources and Government Affairs.

Julia is married to James Cavanaugh. In their spare time they enjoy working on their 1940s home, renovating vintage Airstream trailers and hiking and camping with their rescue dog Gus.