Julie A. Holstrom

Julie A. Holstrom
Senior Project Manager


As a Senior Project Manager for the Worcester Business Corporation (WBDC) for over 10 years, Julie has successfully administered over $15 million in grant funds from local, state, and federal agencies.

Julie has extensive knowledge of municipal and state governments, economic development, and expertise in grant writing and administration, government relations, and project management.  Her ability to identify funding opportunities and assist in navigating a wide range of development issues allows her to manage projects effectively and efficiently.

Julie’s portfolio consists of oversight of the remediation, demolition, and redevelopment of several properties in the City, most recently including the redevelopment of a 46-acre portion of the former Worcester State Hospital for the purpose of establishing a new biomanufacturing hub within Worcester, known as The Reactory.

Julie also played a significant role in the implementation of the Theatre District Alliance, a neighborhood business organization in downtown Worcester.  Working closely with district stakeholders, she was instrumental in helping establish the Downtown Worcester Business Improvement District (BID) where she serves as the Chairperson of the BID Board of Directors.

Julie manages several fee-for-service projects throughout Central Massachusetts, including the Southbridge Innovation Center, Mercantile Center, and the Draper Mills complex in Hopedale.  These projects encompass a wide array of services, from grant writing and government relations to project administration and establishing various consultant teams.


Prior to joining the WBDC, Julie worked as a Project Manager in the City of Worcester’s Office of Economic Development where she was instrumental in the implementation of the City’s first expedited permitting program.  Julie also served as a legislative director in the Massachusetts State Senate for several years.


Julie earned her bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in public service from Providence College, a graduate certificate in Women in Politics and Public Policy from UMass Boston, and a Master in Public Administration from Clark University.  In 2016, Julie was recognized by the Worcester Business Journal as a “40 Under 40” honoree.

A Shrewsbury resident, Julie volunteers as a member of the Shrewsbury Development Corporation, is a board member of the Central MA chapter of the American Heart Association, and a Corporator with the Central MA YWCA where she serves on their Policy Committee.  Julie also is a representative on the Southern Worcester County Economic Development Organization.

In her free time, Julie likes to cook, spend time with her husband and daughter, travel, and run.