Julie Bell
Education Program Director

Higher Ed

  • State policy

Julie Davis Bell is the education program director for the National Conference of State Legislatures. She has been with NCSL for 26 years and has directed the education program for 23 years. She oversees the 12-person education program staff and is responsible for setting program priorities, responding to constituent needs and requests, developing new education projects, and interfacing with other national education policy organizations. She also serves as the program policy specialist for higher education issues and speaks and writes regularly about education and legislative issues. Prior to joining NCSL, Bell was a policy associate with the Center for Policy Research in Denver and taught political science courses at the University of Colorado. Bell received her doctorate in political science from the University of California, Davis in 1986. Contact: