Julie Verratti (left) and her wife Emily Bruno outside of their brewery, Denizens Brewing Co.
Julie Verratti is running for lieutenant governor of Maryland. She is a Co-Founder and the Director of Business Development at Denizens Brewing Co. She co-founded Denizens in Silver Spring with her wife Emily Bruno and brother-in-law Jeff Ramirez.
Before her time as a small business owner, Julie served as a Presidential Management Fellow and Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Small Business Administration, focusing on the Affordable Care Act, veterans entrepreneurship, women’s business ownership, and local economic development policies. Julie has testified before the U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, the Maryland State Legislature, Montgomery County Council, and DC Council on matters impacting small businesses, the beer industry, and LGBT rights. In 2017 she served on the Reform on Tap Task Force that analyzed beer laws in MD on how they can be reformed to grow businesses.
Before entering government service, she directed and advised on electoral and issue campaigns in various states focused on the Democratic Party, human rights, LGBT rights, and the environment before earning her law degree from the George Washington University Law School. While in law school, Julie worked with Equality Maryland (now known as FreeState Justice), the Human Rights Campaign, the Innocence Project, and GW Law’s Small Business and Community Economic Development Clinic.
A native of Silver Spring, Julie played varsity soccer and tennis at Montgomery College. In 2001, she led the tennis team to a national championship and was selected as an All-American as well as the Female Student Athlete of the Year at Montgomery College. Julie earned her bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University, where she played varsity soccer and club lacrosse. Julie worked throughout her college career, balancing full course loads and a variety of part-time jobs.
Julie has held numerous leadership roles in Montgomery County, Maryland, and nationally. She was recently elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Brewers Association, and is the incoming Chair of the Diversity Committee for the BA. Locally, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Brewers Association of Maryland and is a founding board member of the Democratic Business Council of Maryland. Julie was a former council member for the Montgomery County Food Council where she helped launch the MoCo Made branding initiative and local business directory, both of which, promote local businesses in Montgomery County. Julie is also a former member of the Government Affairs Committee of the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce and is a former board member of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. In 2016, she was named to the Washington Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40”.
Julie lives in Silver Spring with her wife Emily and their dogs, Lola and Jolene. She still plays soccer on the weekends and rides her motorcycle whenever the weather and her schedule permits.