Julia Zielinski, BA

Addressing Trauma and Violence in Philadelphia’s Asian Communities

Julia Zielinski currently serves as an Emerging Leader Fellow at the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia. In this role, Julia will develop multigenerational community outreach and programming efforts that address the trauma created by gun violence and racism in neighborhoods where the city’s Cambodian and other Asian residents live.

Julia is an educator who has significant experience designing trauma-informed curricula and working with low-income populations and culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Julia most recently served as an Adult Basic Education Instructor at the Whosoever Gospel Mission, leading weekly, trauma-informed classes for adult men focused on healthy communication, resiliency, and self-regulation. Previously, Julia was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in a secondary school in Malaysia, partnering with local educators to organize a range of confidence-building and self-exploratory activities for students. Julia’s career began as a fourth-grade teacher and team leader with Teach for America in Oklahoma City. Julia is passionate about community wellness and empowerment and trauma prevention and healing and has intermediate proficiency in Spanish and Chinese.

Julia holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and Chinese development & environment from Franklin & Marshall College.

Emerging Leader Fellow

2023 – 2025

Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia