Julie Coan is an award-winning non-profit executive who currently serves as the Director of the Telling Project Institute. TPI is part of The Telling Project, a national performing arts non-profit which uses theater to deepen civilians’ understanding of the military and veteran experience. As Director of TPI, Coan works with community leaders across the nation to build stronger connections to local veterans and military families through regional Summits.
Prior to the Telling Project, Ms. Coan served as Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at KLRN, the public television station serving the San Antonio region. During her tenure she led the production team to win the station’s first Emmy Award in its 50+ year history. Coan also developed and led the station’s acclaimed VETERANS VOICES project, a multi-year, multi-platform initiative to serve transitioning military, veterans and their families through programming, convenings and events. She has been asked to speak at several national meetings on the topic of serving veterans and military families through innovative programming.
Ms. Coan began her public television career in 1996 as a producer in Houston, Texas at KUHT, the nation’s first educational television station. There she produced award-winning feature stories, program specials, town hall meetings, political debates and documentaries covering a range of timely topics. As Managing Producer overseeing the local production team, Ms. Coan created and developed a series of special programs and community engagement initiatives to address issues such as immigration, globalization, education, and healthcare. For her work, she has won over 30 national, regional and local awards for community engagement and journalistic excellence, including seven Emmy Awards.
In 2007 Ms. Coan was asked to become a member of KUHT’s senior management team. As Director of Communications and External Relations, she developed and managed the station’s overall communications strategy and built external relationships with key constituents, including funders and the media.
Since 2004, Ms. Coan has served on the Lone Star Emmy Chapter’s Board of Governors where she currently serves as Treasurer. In 2014, she was elected to represent the chapter as a Trustee to the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which recognizes excellence in television programming through the prestigious Emmy Award.
Originally from the Boston area, Ms. Coan graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Boston with a degree in Political Science & Communications. She resides in Houston, Texas with her husband Patrick.