Julie Morris has a passion for seeing young companies grow and prosper. She brings this enthusiasm to the World Food Center, where she is driving efforts to expand the UC Davis impact in food and agtech innovation, both regionally and through developing a global platform.
Morris is an experienced tech start-up professional. Having been chief financial officer and vice president of corporate development, Morris was also a founding investor in Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc., which completed a successful initial public offering in August, 2013. During her time with Marrone Bio, she actively participated in raising over $80M in venture capital funding and was part of the IPO team.
Prior to Marrone Bio, Morris accumulated more than 14 years of technology industry experience in venture capital investing, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, including product marketing, with roles in corporate development and marketing at Fortune 500 companies Agilent Technologies and Hewlett-Packard. During her tenure in corporate development at Agilent and HP, Morris worked on numerous investments in private and public technology companies, as well as acquisitions of both privately held and publicly traded companies. Morris also has experience as a strategic management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, based in New York City, and has worked in investment banking in Madrid, Spain.
Morris holds a B.S. in Bioelectronics from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.