“Find out who you are, and do it on purpose.”

Dolly Parton
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Public Relations, Cum Laude, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, North Carolina State University

With a liberal arts background in theater, public relations, and women’s and gender studies, Julie DeSena is adept at navigating diverse, professional environments.

As Surface 678’s business office manager and human resources coordinator, Julie leads and maintains daily office functions, including assisting firm leadership in setting strategic and financial goals, operations related to billing, liaising with accounting, and providing assistance and analysis to the partners. She also assists staff with benefits-related questions, facilitates onboarding activities for new hires, and helps the partners craft equitable, successful office programs and policies.

Julie is passionate about making the office environment the best it can be for Surface staff through active listening and championing their ideas. She enjoys seeing the work of Surface’s designers and architects translated into meaningful user experiences in the worlds of art, recreation, and academia. For these reasons,

Julie delights in working with a group of thoughtful, dedicated individuals who value collaboration and work towards the common purpose of elevating spaces for people to gather and enjoy together.

Contributing to charitable causes is very important to Julie. She has helped raise money for Backpack Buddies, a non-profit program dedicated to fighting childhood hunger. She also enhances her life by traveling and meeting new people. But, ultimately, Julie finds her deepest joy in raising her son.