Julie Jacono, MBA, is the Chief Executive Officer of JumpStart and JumpStart Ventures. Julie is a visionary leader with over 25 years of experience in healthcare and innovation. As CEO, she steers the organization’s strategic direction, leveraging JumpStart’s 20-year legacy and powerful community partnerships to drive meaningful change across Northern Ohio.

Before joining JumpStart, Julie was the Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at The MetroHealth System. In this role, she was instrumental in driving business strategy, innovation initiatives, performance improvement, and overseeing marketing functions. Her strategic vision significantly contributed to MetroHealth’s growth and success. Julie’s career includes leadership roles at Invacare, the Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation Center, focusing on research for neurological restoration, and a global leadership role at Sunrise Medical.

Julie holds a bachelor’s degree from the School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and an MBA from CWRU’s Weatherhead School of Management. She also completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program in 2022.

Julie actively participates in Northeast Ohio’s health tech and non-profit communities. She is Chair of the VNA of Ohio Board and holds board positions at Spry Senior, Ovatient, and Lumina Imaging & Diagnostics. Her non-profit engagements include trusteeships at Playhouse Square and CHAMPS, reflecting her passion for community service and innovation.

Julie lives in Westlake with her husband, Frank, and their two children.