Julie Ryan Julie Ryan serves as the director of governmental affairs for the N.C. Department of Labor. Ryan coordinates all aspects of the department’s communication with the N.C. General Assembly along with managing policy recommendations to the commissioner and senior staff. Ryan comes to the Labor Department with a wide range of government, corporate and small business experience. Career highlights include eight years at the N.C. General Assembly working as the legislative assistant for Commissioner Dobson in his previous role as state representative. In addition, Ryan has served as vice president of sales and marketing for a family-owned residential building company serving the Triangle area market. Previous work experience also includes 10 years with Xerox Corp. as a major accounts contract manager and a sales and marketing manager, consulting with the companies’ major accounts across North Carolina. Ryan is a native of Rochester, New York but has called North Carolina her home for the past 25 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in applied science from the Rochester Institute of Technology.