Julie was hired in January 2017 as Mercer Island’s sixth City Manager and she is the first woman and person of color to serve in the position. She is also an Island resident, and lives on the south end with her husband and three children.
Prior to Mercer Island, Julie was the Assistant City Manager of Daly City, California, a suburb of San Francisco, since March 2014. Prior to Daly City, from February 2011 until October 2013, Julie was the City Manager for the City of Shoreline, Washington. Julie also served as Shoreline’s Assistant City Manager since July 2002. Before moving to the Pacific Northwest, Julie was the Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Rockville, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC.
Julie has a Master’s in Public Administration from Virginia Tech and a BA from George Mason University and is a Credentialed Manager with the International City-County Management Association (ICMA).
Julie has served on the boards of the Washington City/County Management Association, the Municipal Research & Services Center Board of Washington, Metropolitan Association of Local Government Assistants, American Society of Public Administration Maryland Chapter, was a charter board member of League of Women in Government, and served as president of the Shoreline Breakfast Rotary Club. Julie is a member of ICMA, Women Leading Government, and a member of Engaging Local Government Leaders Network (ELGL).
With nearly 20 years of local government management experience, Julie continues to be passionate about public service, embracing change and innovation, engaging our community in solving problems, and building a team-oriented workforce that delivers results. Julie believes in being a “servant leader,” guided by core values as demonstrated by her personal values statement.
Julie is excited to work for Mercer Island, as it provides unique professional challenges, has an active and engaged community, and has a close, committed team. In addition, the community is dedicated to its outstanding schools, expansive parks, environmental sustainability, and its special quality of life.
Follow Julie on Twitter at @UnderwoodJulie or Facebook at Julie.thuy.underwood
Address & Contact Information
Mercer Island City Hall
9611 SE 36th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Phone: (206) 275-7660