Julie Zwahr, Chief Communications Officer
A well-respected public relations professional, Julie Zwahr brings more than 27 years of experience in strategic school communications to the district. She’s been an instrumental part of the district's communications team for the past five years, helping Denton ISD pass a Tax Ratification Election (TRE), a more than $750 million bond package, open six new schools and become one of the most sought-after school districts in the state.
Ms. Zwahr has presented on several topics affecting public education at the state and national levels. She was elected by her peers to serve as the South Central Vice President for the National Schools Public Relations Association, representing Arkansas, Kansas, Lousiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. Ms. Zwahr was part of the committee that recognized the work of several young professionals at the national level, establishing the 35 Under 35 Honor that several communications directors in the North Texas area have been awarded.
At 27 years old, she was elected to lead the state chapter, the Texas School Public Relations Association, and holds the distinction of being the youngest professional elected President of TSPRA in the organization's 50-year history. In 2014, TSPRA awarded her the "President's Award" for assisting as part of a small team from Texas that helped as part of the emergency response in Moore, OK following a tornado that demolished several campuses in Moore Public Schools.
Ms. Zwahr previously served as the executive director of communications for Keller ISD and Guilford County Schools, the 60th largest district in the country, in North Carolina and as the director of communications and partnerships for Little Elm and Waxahachie ISDs. She helped each district through an increase in student enrollment and construction and/or renovations of facilities.
Ms. Zwahr has presented numerous workshops at both the state and national levels on a variety of communications topics. Her publications, video productions and recognition programs have earned state and national accolades.
A graduate of Texas Tech University, Ms. Zwahr holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in political science. She also completed an independent study on leadership as an undergraduate student.
She currently resides in one of the district's newest neighborhoods in Aubrey, TX.