Julia Larouche

Research Associate


Julia is trained as an environmental scientist, specializing in water resources. Prior to joining New Venture Advisors, she spent nearly a decade in academia studying how climate change impacts water quality and carbon dynamics in arctic streams in Alaska. She also taught Environmental Systems and Societies as part of the International Baccalaureate program at The Montessori High School in northeast Ohio.

Julia has a strong interest in sustainable food systems from various perspectives ranging from climate change to social justice to community development.

Julia is a Massachusetts native and holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont and a B.A. in Chemistry from Assumption College.

She currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her husband and two young sons.




 Whatcom Local Food Campus

The Whatcom Community Foundation invests in activities and organizations that improve the ability of people to help themselves, increase connections among people, and take cooperative approaches to community issues. WCF is exploring the development of a local food campus on a waterfront property that would become a multi-tenant site, anchored by a school district commissary. The goal is to strengthen Whatcom County’s local food system by promoting health equity, forging tangible strategic connections between food production organizations, and helping farmers connect with institutional markets. NVA developed the business case for this ambitious project and continues to support its development. (2021)