Julie Waldman serves as Deputy Center Administrator at Tacachale - Agency for Persons with
Disabilities. Ms. Waldman has dedicated her career to helping the most vulnerable citizens in
Florida – children, the elderly and the developmentally disabled.
Ms. Waldman’s dedication to public service extends beyond her professional career - she gives back to her community through volunteer work and mentoring; inspiring others to be their best. As a member of the Rotary Club, she is involved in several programs focused on youth. She chairs a committee focused on leadership development for high school students for her Club and has been appointed to serve on the District Board, for a youth leadership conference. In addition, in her first year as a Rotarian, Ms. Waldman was recognized by her club as the Rotary Rookie of the Year for Service Above Self. Ms. Waldman is also involved with the Justice Teaching Initiative, served on the Mentoring Committee of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, and regularly judges the University of Florida Law School's Moot Court and Trial competitions.
She volunteers as a judge for the Alachua County Teen Court Program, and has researched expanding the Teen Court Program to other counties in the 8th Judicial Circuit. Ms. Waldman served as President of the Board of Directors of the Reichert House, an afterschool program for at-risk boys. In addition to her duties as a Board Member, she worked directly with the student leaders and developed a Leadership Academy for the program. Ms. Waldman also recently served on the Board of the Friends of Elementary Arts, to promote and enhance quality elementary art and music education programs.
Ms. Waldman is a member of the Gainesville Black on Black Crime Task Force, a cooperative effort between the Gainesville Police Department and citizens to devise innovative strategies to reduce crime, particularly in disadvantaged areas of the community. She has provided counseling and advice on employment issues to participants in the Displaced Homemakers Program at Santa Fe College. Ms. Waldman was appointed to the Economic Development Advisory Committee by the Alachua County Commission, to focus on promoting economic development in the North Central Florida region. Several years ago, Ms. Waldman was selected to participate in the Alachua County Civic Education Program, and was then selected to participate in an advanced program, to continue to enrich her knowledge of Alachua County. Ms. Waldman was recognized as a community leader by the Gainesville Business Community Coalition, and participated in the 2015 Public Leadership Institute. In the summer of 2016, she was selected to participate in Leadership Gainesville to further develop her potential as a community leader. After her graduation from the Leadership Gainesville program, she was invited to join the Board of the Leadership Gainesville Alumni Association, and within one year of serving on the Board, she was elected President. Ms. Waldman actively supports the north Florida region and it’s growth, development and sustainability by being active in several Chambers throughout the area, including the Greater Gainesville Chamber, Chiefland Chamber, Gilchrist County Chamber, North Florida Regional Chamber, and Baker County Chamber, as well as being involved in several service organizations, such as the Williston and Gilchrist County AARP.
Ms. Waldman has twice been chosen to receive recognition from the Gainesville Business Community Coalition: in 2016, she received an Impact Award, which recognizes those individuals in the community that have motivated, educated, inspired and had a positive impact on the Greater Gainesville community, and in 2018, she received a Fierce Award, and was honored as a transformative and inspirational woman who has changed the landscape of our community through her entrepreneurial, charitable and executive work.
Finally, and most recently, Ms. Waldman was recognized by her fellow Bar members as a lawyer who has made outstanding contributions in providing legal services for the public interest, and made extraordinary and exemplary contributions as a practicing lawyer, exemplifying the highest ideals of dedication, professionalism, and ethics in service to the public, and was honored as the 2018 recipient of the Florida Bar’s Claude Pepper Award, presented to her at the 2018 annual Florida Bar Convention.
Ms. Waldman has lived in the North Central Florida community for over 25 years, and holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Tulane University School of Law (1988), where she served on the Moot Court Board, and an undergraduate degree with College Honors from the University of Washington – Seattle (1985).