Julie Baumgardner, Board Chair


Julie Baumgardner is the President of First Things First, an award-winning, grassroots organization dedicated to strengthening families in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The success of the FTF initiative has sparked interest in duplicating the FTF model in cities across the country and internationally.

Julie has worked in the fields of marketing and counseling for over 20 years. Julie frequently speaks on family, parenting and marriage issues. Her weekly column on family issues in the Chattanooga Times-Free Press reaches hundreds of thousands. Julie serves on the boards of a number of community and national organizations.

She currently serves as Chair of the National Association of Relationship and Marriage Education. She and her husband, Jay, have been married for 22 years and they have a nineteen year-old daughter, Ashley.