Chief Executive Officer

Julia Spann, MSW, is CEO at The SAFE Alliance.

Julia provides leadership for SAFE programs, human resources, compliance, operations and administration, and major community initiatives for SAFE. She has more than 30 years of experience in the human services field, including 23 years cumulatively with SAFE. Julia has expertise with women and children’s issues, poverty, basic needs, victimization, homelessness, and more. She has served in various leadership capacities for Austin nonprofit agencies, including as Co-CEO, Executive Director, Chief Program Officer, Associate Vice President, and Director of Social Services.

Julia has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Texas in Arlington.  She is passionate about recognizing the intersections of poverty, abuse, oppression, and violence and yearns for a time when all humans are safe and have opportunity to thrive.

To contact Julia, please email Laurie Pharr at