Principal Director for Military Community and Family Policy

Ms. Julie Blanks assumed the duties as Principal Director for Military Community and Family Policy on August 14, 2017. 

A member of the Senior Executive Service, she assists the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy with a broad portfolio that includes policy, advocacy, and oversight of all community support to service members and families including quality of life issues; family and casualty assistance; morale, welfare and recreation programs; Military OneSource program; and policy oversight of the Defense Department's commissary and exchange services. 

Prior to her assignment, Ms. Blanks served as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Civilian Personnel Policy where she was responsible for policy and oversight of civilian personnel plans, policies and programs that affect Department of Defense employees worldwide. She also supervised policies and provided program guidance for the Defense Department’s nonappropriated-funded employees. 

Ms. Blanks entered federal service in 2001, and throughout her career in federal service has focused her efforts in human resources and related fields. At the Federal Emergency Management Agency, she provided executive leadership as the deputy chief component human capital officer. 

Before serving with FEMA, she directed the Civilian Expeditionary Workforce within the Department of Defense, where she was responsible for the management and operation of Civilian Deployment and International Personnel programs. At the Defense Department, Ms. Blanks served as senior policy advisor to the deputy chief management officer, providing guidance on enterprise-level human resource business processes and systems. She also served as the civilian deployment program manager for the Army Corps of Engineers where she deployed to Iraq with a team of military and civilian personnel responsible for establishing the Corps’ entire Gulf Region Division and three districts. As a Congressional fellow in 2006, Ms. Blanks worked on the development of critical legislative issues surrounding military and civilian quality of life. 

Ms. Blanks is a graduate of the Department of Defense Senior Leader Development Program and the U.S. Naval War College where she earned a master’s degree in military strategy. She holds two additional master’s degrees, one in social work from the University of Alabama and the other in human resources management from Troy University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communication at Auburn University.