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About Julia Orlando Consulting

Believe It, Pursue It

Julia is a nationally recognized leader and professional speaker who speaks on a variety of topics for audiences big and small. It was always her dream to make a positive impact in the lives of others, and she is proud to make a living by inspiring, motivating and challenging people from all different backgrounds.

In 2016, Julia successfully steered the community-wide effort in Bergen County, New Jersey in response to First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden's Mayor's Challenge to end Veteran Homelessness. Bergen County was the first community in New Jersey to achieve this goal and in 2017, under her leadership, Bergen County was the first community in the nation to end chronic homelessness and currently sustain functional zero for over 3 years.

Julia is a passionate change agent in the effort to create Stigma Free communities and is a certified rehabilitation and disaster relief counselor. 

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Educate, Engage & Inspire

Consulting and Leadership Development

Julia is a talented and skilled motivational consultant and coach who knows how to get leadership inspired and motivated for change. With a focus on facing tough challenges and developing meaningful collaborations, Julia can successfully lead your agency towards its goals and enhance community wide efforts.


Keynote Speaking

Julia provides a dynamic and inspiring presentation that dives into the needs of your audience. Packed with useful skills from working in the field, people gain a positive mindset and a desire to put their knowledge to action. Speaking topics include but are not limited to ending homelessness, mental health wellness, women's leadership and housing individuals with complex mental health, substance use disorders and criminal justice involvement.

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Audience Testimonials

What Audiences Have to Say

"Julia's success ending homelessness puts her in a very unique position to inspire, coach and problem solve with any community seeking to do the same. Plus, it's her willingness to understand and speak to the needs of our community and communicate sophisticated ideas with clarity that makes her assistance so impactful."

Ben MacConnell
Lead Organizer, Justice Matters
Lawrence, Kansas

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Award Recognition, Board Experience and Appointments


  • 2023 New Jersey Women of Achievement Award by the NJ State Federation of Women's Clubs of GFWC

  • 2023 ROI Influencer: Women in Business

  • 2022 ROI Influencer:  Women in Business

  • 2019 Holy Name Medical Center Larry Inserra Leadership and MS Advocacy Award

  • 2019 Hometown Hero Award (Congressman Josh Gottheimer)

  • 2017 Hackensack Regional Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizen Award

  • 2017 Bergen County YWCA Woman of Action Award 

  • 2016 Bergen County BAR Foundation Citizen Community Service Award 

  • 2016 SOSVETS Stakeholders Group Veteran Provider Distinguished Service Award 

  • 2016 NJ General Assembly Women’s History Month Resolution (Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle) 

  • 2016 Volunteer Center of Bergen County: Making it Home Award

  • 2016 FLOTUS White House recognition for ending Veterans homelessness

  • 2013 Care Plus NJ Foundation’s Courage Award in the field of Mental Health

  • 2012 NAHRO - MARC Outstanding Achievement Award for Innovative Service Delivery  

  • 2012 NRO National Award of Merit for Program Innovation


Appointments and Board Activity

       Chairman Bergen New Bridge Medical Center Board of Trustees: (2022-2024)

Bergen County Mental Health Working Group Executive Board (2022-present)

Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Overdose Fatality Review Team (OFRT) Committee Member (2021-present)

Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Mental Health Working Group Committee Member (2021-present)

       Bergen County Aging Out and Youth Homelessness Task Force Chair (2017-present)

       Steering Committee Member for County Wide (CIT) Crisis Intervention Training (2016-present)

      Appointed Member Bergen County (HSAC) Human Services Advisory Council (2011-present)

      New Jersey Coalition to End Homelessness Advisory Board Member (2011-present))

      Women United in Philanthropy (WUIP) Member of Giving Circle (2009-2020)

      Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) to the Bergen County Mental Health Board (2011)

        Habitat for Humanity Bergen County Board of Trustee Member (2013-2019)

        Alliance Against Homelessness Advisory Board Member (2014-2016)

        New Jersey Governor’s Homelessness Work Group Member (2015-2017)

        New Jersey Governor’s Interagency Council to End Homelessness Task Force Member (2012-2014)

        Member of the Northern New Jersey Disabilities Network (2010-2012)

        Bergen County Work Force Investment Board (2010-2013)

        Bergen County Sheriff’s Professional Advisory Committee (2009-2010)   


Certifications and Credentialing

Ed.M Counseling Psychology Columbia University

MA Organizational Psychology Columbia University

BS Psychology Fordham University

CRC (Certified Rehabilitation Counselor) 

CIT (Crisis Intervention Team)  

DRCC (Disaster Response Crisis Counselor Certification)

MHFA (Mental Health First Aid Instructor Certification) 

Safety Training NYSOMH 

Undoing Racism 

HCR-20 Risk Assessment Certificate

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Press Coverage

Articles and Profiles

Clapping Audience

NPR Here and Now
This New Jersey County was the 1st in the U.S. to End Chronic Homelessness

February 12, 2019


The Value of Ending Veteran and Chronic Homelessness in Four Communities

August 3, 2021


Bergen County Ended Chronic Homelessness, So Can Every Other Community

December 28, 2018

Professor Lecturing on Stage

Outreach Program Takes in 8 Homeless People in Englewood

May 17, 2021

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Homeless: “You’re not going to like this.”

October 4, 2019


Costly Cleanups: Eugene may learn from other cities' homelessness solutions

September 24, 2021

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Study Finds Achieving ‘Functional Zero’ Homelessness Has Broad Social Benefits

September 23, 2021


Living Outside in the cold: NJ counties try to count, help those experiencing homelessness.

February 2, 2022

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Bergen County NJ: Functional Zero Case Study

July 10, 2020

Business Conference

Bergen County’s collaborative model reduces homelessness

May 26, 2019

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Ending Veteran and Chronic Homelessness in Bergen County, NJ (Video)



Disrupting housing insecurity and homelessness

January 5, 2022

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Julia Orlando Video-2019 Holy Name Medical Center Lawrence Inserra Award Recipient
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Julia Orlando Video-2019 Holy Name Medical Center Lawrence Inserra Award Recipient

Julia Orlando’s tireless, groundbreaking work as Director of the Bergen County Housing, Health, and Human Services Center and with the Housing Authority of Bergen County has made her a nationally renowned expert in the intersection of housing, mental health, and veterans’ services. For more than 25 years she has developed and provided social services in New York and New Jersey to individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, and to people who are chronically homeless, re-entering life after prison, or enrolled in jail diversion programs. In 2016, Julia provided leadership to the successful community-wide effort in Bergen County as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s national Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness campaign. As a result, Bergen County became the first county in New Jersey and among the first 28 nationally to achieve this goal, and was recognized at the White House by the First Lady’s Opening Doors initiative. In 2017, again under Julia’s leadership, Bergen County became the first county in the nation to end chronic homelessness, and the only community so far to sustain for more than one year. For this, Julia was recognized in 2019 as a “Hometown Hero” by U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (D-5). Tonight, we are proud to bestow the 2019 Lawrence R. Inserra Leadership Award on Julia Orlando for her inspired leadership in our community and for her dedication to the Alfiero & Lucia Palestroni Foundation Multiple Sclerosis Center and its patients. As a member of Women United in Philanthropy in Bergen County, Julia and the women in this giving circle provided a grant from the organization to benefit women patients of the MS Center who are struggling to balance their healthcare needs with their ability to continue working and supporting their families. Julia knows firsthand the challenges faced by patients with MS and their families. Within her immediate family, she has worked diligently to eradicate healthcare roadblocks as her sister, brother, and father have been struck by autoimmune disorders. Her sister, Laura D’Angelo, was diagnosed with MS in 2002; their brother, William D’Angelo, in 2010. Their father had passed away from an autoimmune disorder in 1984 when Julia was 19. “My brother, Bill, had been falling in his supportive housing apartment, and his health rapidly declined,” recalls Julia. “I didn’t know where to turn.” Julia has had very positive experiences with individuals at the shelter of the Bergen County Housing, Health, and Human Services Center, who were treated at Holy Name so that’s where she took Bill. It is here where they were connected with Holy Name internist Eli Dyjebian, MD, who became Bill’s primary care doctor. “Bill’s physicians, therapists, and his entire care team was invaluable to me in helping him apply for Medicaid so he could receive the medications he needed and in securing a long-term home placement at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center,” she says. Julia’s sister, Laura, graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Nursing. After relocating to Arizona to work as a travel nurse, Laura was struck with the typical MS symptoms of double vision and difficulty walking. She also suffered a stroke and chose to return to New Jersey, where she became a patient of the Alfiero & Lucia Palestroni Foundation Multiple Sclerosis Center four years ago. She is currently living in an apartment complex in Tenafly for people with special needs. “Having world-class MS medical care, including the most advanced therapies, rehabilitation therapy, and supportive care right here in our community at the Holy Name MS Center, has enabled my brother to live with dignity, has allowed my sister to live independently, and has given me the peace of mind that my family is receiving the highest quality MS care possible,” says Julia. Honored by numerous awards, Julia has been named “Distinguished Citizen of the Year” by the Hackensack Chamber of Commerce and a “Woman of Action” by the YWCA of Bergen County. She was recognized by the NJ General Assembly for her work to end poverty in the state and by the SOS Veterans Stakeholder Group with its Distinguished Veteran Provider Award. The Care Plus NJ Foundation presented her with a Courage Award for her mental health advocacy. Julia currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Bergen New Bridge Medical Center and Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County. She is an advisor to the Alliance Against Homelessness and the NJ Coalition to End Homelessness. She is a faculty member of the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and is the ambassador for the Stigma Free Task Force in her hometown of Oradell.
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