Julie Parisi has been a leader in the Corridor’s entrepreneurial community for over ten years. A few years after starting an artisan pasta business in Iowa City, Julie made the decision to open a second location inside Cedar Rapids’ NewBo City Market. As an active member of the market’s non-profit business incubator, Julie was invited to join their board of directors when two years later, she removed her apron to accept the role of Chief Operating Officer and Director of Business Development. In her new role, Julie was able to apply her experience as a business owner to assist and mentor individuals who were eager to launch their own start-up dreams. Her years of guidance and leadership recently advanced Julie to the position of Executive Director for the market, where she will oversee Beyond her role at NewBo City Market, Julie is passionate about her community and serves on several committees including the Board of Directors for New Pioneer Food Cooperative and CSPS Hall. Outside of work, Julie enjoys spending time with her two children through lessons in how to cook and gardening.