Julie Varghese is the Atlantic Council’s chief operating officer with over 20 years of experience in a variety of nonprofit, healthcare, governmental, political, and cultural organizations. Varghese joined the Council in 2013 as the first director of events and has steadily taken on increased managerial responsibility leading to her promotions to vice president for global events and external relations in 2016, chief administrative officer in 2018, and eventually chief operating officer in 2021. She came to the Council after ten years at New York-Presbyterian Queens Hospital as director of special events where she served as principal development officer and producer responsible for fundraising, design, and implementation of event programming for annual galas, golf classics, and cultivation dinners. Varghese brings diverse experience on operations, security, project management, events, and protocol from her numerous positions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian Institution, and as advance staff on official foreign and political domestic trips for President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton, and Vice President Al Gore. Varghese graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in political science and a minor in history.