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Julia Perkins is the founder and chief strategist of MBMD Strategic Consultants LLC.  She has over 20 years of experience in strategic planning, marketing, management, and audience engagement/ development. Julia is known within the field for her unique ability to break down complex organizational issues, analyze them, and creatively develop solutions.

Prior to establishing MBMD Consultants, Julia served as Community Programs Director for eight years at The Art Institute of Chicago, where she developed strategies, evaluation systems, and designed arts education programs to promote involvement between the city's diverse communities and the museum.  She served seven years as a Program Officer for the AFL-CIO working with labor unions in the Caribbean and Central America.  Julia also was a volunteer with the United States Peace Corps.  She received her B.A. in Marketing Research from DePaul University and a M.A. in Arts Administration from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Perkins was one of the co-authors of "Mapping Cultural Participation in Chicago", for The University of Chicago Cultural Policy Center. 

National Association of Professional Women Inducts Julia Perkins, Chief Strategist, MBMD Strategic Consultants LLC, Into its VIP Professional Woman of the Year Circle

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Strategic AdvisOrs

  • Alison Zehr, Business OF The Arts (BOTA)
  • Amina Dickerson, Dickerson Global Advisors
  • Susan Meier, Meir and Associates
  • Terri Johnson, C-Change

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Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
Black Metropolis Research Consortium
Chicago Children’s Theatre
Chicago Collections Consortium
The Arts Engagement Network (formerly the Chicago Wallace Audience Engagement Network)
The Association for American Cultures
The Art Institute of Chicago –Leadership Advisory Committee
Audience Architects
The Guild Complex
The Woods Fund of Chicago
Illinois Children Health Care Foundation
Urban Gateways

The Guild Complex
The Joyce Foundation
The Hyde Park Art Center
Redmoon Theatre
Chicago Arts Learning Initiative (Ingenuity)
Chicago Sinfonietta
The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
Mikva Challenge
The University of Chicago Medicine Urban Health Initiative Summits
The University of Chicago’s Cultural Policy Center
Kartemquin Films
City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Chicago Public Schools

Chicago Children’s Theatre
The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
Beverly Arts Center
The Renaissance Society
MBMD uses best practices to meet its client's project management needs for both short and long-term projects. MBMD provides project management and oversight with critical attention detail, budget, and time-sensitivity.
Alphawood Foundation
ArtsWork Fund
Chicago Arts Learning Intitiative (Ingenuity)
Chicago Community Trust
Chicago Women in Philanthropy
The Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust and The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust