Julia Ragona is Vice President responsible for content, strategy, operations, distribution and marketing across 28 languages and 19 language services in RFE/RL’s fast-moving media environments and closed societies. As head of the Content, Distribution and Marketing Division, her portfolio includes management and supervision of content production and its alignment with target audiences, platforms and delivery strategies via external partnerships and traditional and alternative delivery channels; budgetary, administrative and crisis management as well as oversight of business development and marketing initiatives.
Julia joined RFE in May 2003 to manage the organization’s re-branding, and served as Director of Marketing and Affiliate Development and Chief Broadcast Operations Officer before taking on her current duties. Prior to joining RFE/RL, she spent seven years in Moscow in the private sector, as managing director of an international marketing firm, a management consultant advising Russian and Western companies and as Regional COO and Business Development Director of a leading international law firm’s network of CIS offices. She has also worked in international film production and as a global strategy analyst on Wall Street.
A fluent speaker of Russian, Italian and Spanish as well as conversational French, Portuguese and Czech, Julia holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in Soviet Studies and U.S. Foreign Policy from Vassar College.