Julie Lythcott-Haims has dedicated her professional life to advocating for the well-being of individuals and driving governmental change to achieve tangible, progressive outcomes for California. As a parent, educator, lawyer, former Stanford Dean, Palo Alto Councilmember, and accomplished author, Julie has taken a leadership role on crucial issues such as affordable housing, youth mental health, climate change, and fostering a sense of inclusivity for individuals irrespective of their identity. Her congressional candidacy is grounded in a commitment to represent the interests of ordinary people, prioritizing them over corporate and special interests.
In recognition of her impactful contributions, Assemblyman Marc Berman honored Lythcott-Haims as the Woman of the Year in 2021, and in 2023, the NAACP of Silicon Valley acknowledged her as the Legislator of the Year. Julie’s passion for public service emanates from her steadfast dedication to promoting human thriving. As a New York Times best-selling author, she has authored three influential nonfiction books on human development: “How to Raise an Adult,” “Real American: A Memoir,” and “Your Turn: How to Be an Adult.” These works have provided her with the opportunity to engage in thoughtful discussions on parenting, race, and the factors contributing to human flourishing, both nationally and internationally.
Julie, along with her partner Dan, raised their two now-adult children in Palo Alto. Beyond her elected role, she contributes her expertise to various organizations, serving on the nonprofit board of the Black Women’s Health Imperative, the Board of Trustees at California College of the Arts, and advisory boards for LeanIn.Org, Sir Ken Robinson Foundation, and Baldwin For the Arts. Julie’s educational background includes degrees from Stanford, Harvard Law, and California College of the Arts.