January 11, 2023

Getting to Know Julia Carabelli

Julia with her Peace Palm

In December, we welcomed Julia Carabelli as our Digital Content Specialist. Julia will primarily be designing and scheduling social media posts to highlight nonprofits, donors, awarded grants, events, MCF staff and board accomplishments, new blog posts and much more. She will also be writing and editing blog posts, updating the MCF website, assisting with publications and collaborating with each department on new ideas to strengthen the MCF brand.

New to the Madison area, Julia is excited to become acquainted with and enrich our community.

“My goal was to find a position in the nonprofit industry because I wanted my career to make a difference,” Julia commented. “MCF’s team comes to work every day with making a difference in the Madison community in mind. I am excited to get the chance to bring that hard work to light by telling the stories of the donors and nonprofits that make this all possible. Coming to the office, being greeted by the Capitol, and looking out at the Overture Center each day is truly surreal.”

Julia recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (UWL), where she studied Marketing and Sociology with a minor in Sustainable Business. “I developed a passion for nonprofit work and environmental and food justice in my time at UWL and feel this position blends my educational background perfectly,” Julia explained.

Julia worked for the La Crosse County Visitor’s Bureau, or Explore La Crosse, as their Marketing Engagement Intern as her first taste of working for a nonprofit. While there, she developed the 2022 La Crosse County Visitors Guide and went on many adventures, from exploring caves and megalithic gardens to photographing national fishing tournaments.

Julia at UWL Graduation

In both her hometown, Rockford, IL, and La Crosse, Julia has also been a swim coach for ages 8 to 18 for many years. “It is so rewarding to see swimmers work hard and meet their goals and teach them life skills through a sport I love,” Julia shared. She is still an avid swimmer and hopes to dive into the Madison swim community once she is more settled.

Julia had her sights set on starting her career in Madison because of its multitude of artistic venues, wide variety of cultural foods, access to nature and overall vibrancy. “I enjoy spending time outdoors: hiking, biking, swimming and hammocking,” Julia also added, “I also love art whether it be painting, embroidery, graphic design or visiting a gallery or museum.” In her free time, Julia can be found exercising her green thumb, rummaging through estate sales, or checking off another bookstore from her map of Midwest independent bookstores.

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