Meet Our Team: Julie Bender

How did you begin working at TRA? Who was your first client?

After graduate school, TRA Project Manager James Young introduced me to the company and encouraged me to apply for my first position here of Project Analyst. Within a month of starting, I was working full-time on several projects for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), supporting a comprehensive assessment of their Safety department as well as developing a Request for Proposals for procurement of operations and maintenance services for the Atlanta Streetcar.

What do you like most about your job?

My answer will always be: the people. I work with TRA personnel at every level, and I have never met such an amazing group of hard-working, intelligent, dedicated individuals. They are all team players through and through. As the person in charge of coordinating TRA’s business development efforts, I also enjoy the diversity of projects I get to work on: drafting proposals, directing outreach efforts, even managing the launch of TRA’s new website (coming January 2019!). We’re always growing,  improving our business practices, and thinking about how to serve our clients even better. It’s an exciting place to be.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I was a tuba player for many years, beginning at age 11. I participated in District and Regional Band in Pennsylvania in high school, as well as holding up the lower brass section in the concert band at the William Penn Charter School. I still drag my family to Tuba Christmas every year at the Kimmel Center here in Philly, and can play the theme from “Jaws” pretty much from memory.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work?

Chasing my nearly-four-year-old son around keeps me pretty busy, but when I’m not doing that, I enjoy volunteering for The Woodlands (a historic cemetery and mansion) in West Philly as a Grave Gardener. Each gardener adopts a “cradle grave” and plants it with period-appropriate flowers and plant life. It’s a great way to help keep a public space beautiful while paying tribute to the past.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

Japan has been on my list for a long time, so I’d go there in a heartbeat. I’d also love to visit Scandinavia, and have family living in Helsinki currently. My husband and I have always wanted to go to Bhutan as well, given its natural beauty and historic isolation.

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