Julie Lawson currently serves as the Director of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Office of the Clean City in Washington, DC. Lawson works closely with the Mayor and District agencies to execute the Clean City initiative, coordinate service delivery operations, and oversee community engagement efforts.
Previously, Lawson was founding executive director of Trash Free Maryland, a nonprofit organization that uses policy and behavior change to create long-term solutions to trash pollution. Her work led to passage of the nation’s first disposable shopping bag fee, polystyrene foam food service bans throughout the metropolitan DC region, and a strong ban on microbeads in personal care products in Maryland. Under her leadership, Trash Free Maryland also conducted the largest citizen science survey of microplastic pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.
Lawson has also conducted extensive behavioral research on littering, trash disposal, recycling, and subsistence fishing, designing community-based social marketing plans to inform and support clean and healthy communities.