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Julie K. Goonewardene

Julie Goonewardene

Julie K. Goonewardene was elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees as its public member in November 2011 and officially began serving her four-year term in June 2012. She is the third person ever to hold this position.

Ms. Goonewardene is the associate vice chancellor for innovation and strategic investment for the University of Texas (UT) System and the managing director of the UT Horizon Fund. In this role she serves as the strategic leader and advisor for the UT System and UT institutions in all areas related to the commercialization, growth, and expansion of innovation and entrepreneurship. Her areas of responsibility include the management of the UT Horizon Fund, a $50 million venture fund, and development of sustainable academic-industry partnerships. In addition to her work at UT, she also serves on the board of the Personalized Medicine Coalition.

In October 2014 Ms. Goonewardene was appointed to the National Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE), an advisory committee to the U.S. Department of Commerce. The NACIE advises the Commerce Department secretary on issues related to accelerating innovation, expanding entrepreneurship and developing a globally competitive workforce.

Previously Ms. Goonewardene held senior administrative positions at the University of Kansas and at Purdue University where one of her primary areas of focus was company formation and capital acquisition for start-up companies. While at Purdue she designed and managed Purdue's first venture fund.

Recognized as an expert in bringing groups together across the health care spectrum to develop solutions to medical issues, Ms. Goonewardene is an experienced entrepreneur. She co-founded and served as president of a venture-backed software company, which she sold in 2004. Previously she was president of an information technology consulting firm and co-founder of an IT professional services firm that went public three years after its inception.

Ms. Goonewardene is a frequent speaker both nationally and internationally on entrepreneurship and an author on innovation. She is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and the Chicago Finance Exchange.

Ms. Goonewardene holds a Bachelor of Science with honors in general management and a Master of Science in health communication both from Purdue University. She is married to James Wallin. They have three children.