President & ceo
Julie M. Fleshman, JD, MBA, Los Angeles, California
President & CEO
Julie Fleshman serves as the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s President and CEO. In 1999, Julie lost her father to pancreatic cancer and is committed to change the course of this disease. She became the organization’s first full-time staff person and Executive Director in April 2000. In July 2004, the Board of Directors appointed Julie as President and CEO of the organization. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has grown to a staff of nearly 100, with offices in Los Angeles, CA and Washington, D.C and is providing programs to people across the country.
Under Julie’s leadership, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has laid the groundwork to make true inroads on this disease. The organization’s advocacy and grassroots efforts have led to a 500% increase in federal funding for pancreatic cancer research and the organization has awarded 95 research grants across the country. Nearly 70,000 patients and families have been served through the Patient and Liaison Services program. Its grassroots network has grown to 58 volunteer affiliates, and in 2006, its first international affiliate in Japan opened.
Julie graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law and Leavey School of Business in December 2000 with a JD/MBA degree. Julie graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1997 with a B.A. in Law & Society and was awarded most outstanding graduating senior in the Law & Society program. She also studied abroad at Oxford University and in Tokyo, Japan.