Julie Cousler Emig, MSW, LSW


Julie Cousler Emig has spent most of her professional career working in Philadelphia's non-profit community to improve the health and social outcomes for the city's most vulnerable citizens.

Currently she serves as Deputy Director for the City’s oldest Latino organization, Concilio, the Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations. She has responsibility for the organization’s continuum of family strengthening programs including foster care and adoptions, child and family health, and asset building, as well as fundraising, marketing and communications responsibilities. In honor of the organization’s 50th anniversary, Ms. Cousler produced a retrospective video to tell the story through interviews with past and present leaders. She continues to be seen as a connector and advocate to advance the well-being of the entire Philadelphia community.

Prior to her work with Concilio, Ms. Cousler was a Stoneleigh Policy Fellow working with the City, School District, and Family Court on the intersection and public response to truancy, helping the cross-systems collaborative to develop a comprehensive integrated truancy plan. She came to this work following a decade of service to the community running a division of health services for Congreso de Latinos Unidos. At Congreso she oversaw a $5 million division of critical health services, developing and enhancing domestic violence services through prevention and family focused interventions integrating mental health for families as needed; she was the principal architect and Investigator for Congreso's federally-funded teen parenting program evaluating the difference in impact with a clinical integration versus more traditional case management services for teen parents most at-risk for poor outcomes for self and family; she designed and launched a collaboration across all of Congreso's health programs to reach vulnerable youth with an integrated model for sexual, behavioral, and relationship health through prevention and early intervention; and she brought many more enhancements and recognitions to all of Congreso's other health services including family planning, HIV/AIDS, and substance abuse.

Prior to coming to Congreso, Ms. Cousler served as a community social worker working with families at-risk for out-of-home child placement, also with troubled youth mandated to a behavioral health day treatment program, and she worked with the Safe and Sound research team evaluating related programs. While earning her Master's degree in Social Work, Ms. Cousler interned with the Department of Human Services' Juvenile Justice division. She serves and has served on numerous boards where she has held various leadership roles, including the Pan American Academy Charter School, Women's Medical Fund and the Seybert Foundation.  She was a volunteer domestic violence hotline counselor for Women in Transition for nearly ten years. She is the proud recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the 2004 Forum Award from the Forum of Executive Women and the 2006 Purple Ribbon Award from Lutheran Settlement House.

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