Julia Cai helps manage the Harvard China Fund's student programs, faculty grants and other departmental initiatives, as well as student funding for the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.
She graduated from Harvard College in 2006 with an A.B. in English and American language and literature, and significant coursework in sociology. She spent a year in China teaching English at schools for children of migrant workers and organizing activities at a community center for the Zigen Fund, a poverty relief NGO. Before coming to the Harvard China Fund, Julia worked at the Crimson Summer Academy at Harvard, a program that helps economically disadvantaged high school students from Boston and Cambridge prepare for success in college and beyond.
Julia received her master's degree in nonprofit management from the Extension School in 2011 and a citation in ecological management in June 2012. She was the 2011-2012 president of the Harvard Extension Environmental Club, a diverse student group that works to promote and organize around environmental issues. In her spare time, Julia likes to sing, dance, give tours of Boston (with Boston by Foot), volunteer at animal shelters, and hunt for bargains.