Tribute to Julie Soderlund
Julie Soderlund was taken too soon from this world but not without leaving an indelible mark on the lives of those around her.
Committed to her faith and with a passion for political involvement, Julie made a difference as a great communications professional, leader and friend, wwho, as a mentor to many women, paved the way for their careers in the realm of rough and tumble politics.
During a decade-long career in Sacramento, Julie served as deputy press secretary for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (2003-2006), earning the respect of political journalists and colleagues alike. During Schwarzenegger's successful 2006 re-election bid, Julie took the reins as his press secretary. Julie solidified herself as a key communications professional during her time as a partner with a Sacramento-based public affairs firm, and dipped back into politics in 2010 as deputy chief of staff and communications director for former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina's U.S. Senate bid. During the last several years of her life, she and her husband Erick lived in Lausanne, Switzerland, where she
Julie was a true "California Girl,” who grew up in Santa Barbara, the
daughter of Susan Michels and Donald Dobie. A proud graduate of
the University of California, Berkeley, (Go Bears!), Julie loved
generously, laughed freely, worked hard, played hard and pursued life
with vigor before she passed away after a hard-fought battle with
stage IV melanoma (Feb. 16, 1978-April 28, 2016).
Erected 2020 by Maren Conrad.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Women.
Location. 38° 34.546′ N, 121° 28.893′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker is at the intersection of K Street and 19th Street, on the right when traveling east on K Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1900 K Street, Sacramento CA 95811, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jeannette Rankin (here, next to this marker); Dr. Margaret 'Mike' Chung (here, next to this marker); Jovita Idár (here, next to this marker); Laura de Force Gordon (a few steps from this marker); Mabel Ping-Hua Lee
More about this marker. Although not formally part of the 19th Amendment Outdoor Museum display that honors 19 women for their efforts in obtaining the vote, the artist has given a central position in the display to a memorial for Julie Soderlund, as her memorial fund helped make the display possible.
Also see . . . Ex-Schwarzenegger communications aide Julie Soderlund dies at 38 (Sacramento Bee, April 29, 2016). (Submitted on April 22, 2021.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 22, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 22, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.