As programs manager for the Vilcek Foundation, Julia Lo works closely with the president and chief program officer on the Vilcek Foundation Prizes, supporting the development of the prize parameters, the administration of the application process, and the program’s ongoing commitment to racial equity. In 2019, she implemented the prize program partnership with The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, the Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare. In addition to managing the prizes program, Lo supports the director of digital’s database and salesforce initiatives. In 2020, Lo re-launched the Vilcek Foundation’s internship program, working with the administrator to develop a project-based model for incoming interns with an emphasis on mentorship and career development.
Lo came to the Vilcek Foundation with comprehensive experience in arts and nonprofit management. Working at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Lo managed major development events, raising over $6 million during her tenure with the museum. She also worked with major cultural institutions including Sotheby’s, Penguin Random House, Cool Culture, and the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy supporting operations, arts, and educational programs.
The daughter of immigrants from the Philippines and Hong Kong who stressed the value of music and art, Lo is especially passionate about the Vilcek Foundation’s mission. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English and creative writing from Colby College.
Lo is a member of the Colby College Museum of Art’s Board of Governors, and vice chair of the Museum Resources Committee; she works with the board to develop strategic outreach and engagement initiatives. Lo is also a writing and career coach with the Posse Foundation’s Scholars program; in this role, Lo works with pre-collegiate incoming scholars and college students from New York City on professional development and personal writing projects.