Julia is a fourth year at the University of Chicago majoring in Political Science and completing the Committee on International Relations joint BA/MA program. At UChicago, she serves as the Co-President of the International Development Society and leads committees for UChicago’s high-school and college-level Model United Nations conferences. Julia has explored her interests in international relations and sustainability through internships at the Department of Energy Office of the Deputy Security, the Department of State Office of Energy Diplomacy, and the New Democrat Coalition Policy Team on the Hill. Julia hails from South Florida, but her parents immigrated to the U.S. from Fortaleza, Brazil. In her free time, she loves listening to Brazilian music, painting, and playing volleyball.

“Attending COP28 opened my eyes to the massive effort needed for a just clean energy transition. However, learning about creative ways to combat disparities in accessing climate finance and getting to meet people dedicated to change from all over the world has made me optimistic that we will succeed!”