Julia Gillis portrait

Julia Gillis

Director of marketing and outreach, Lakewood Cemetery Association


Julia Gillis leads development of programs that help support the venerable Minneapolis cemetery’s mission to reimagine the role of a cemetery in modern life. With traditional burial declining in Minnesota and new ways to commemorate on the rise, she is developing new approaches to supporting families at all stages of the end-of-life journey.

Gillis has launched Learn@Lakewood, inviting the public to explore death and dying in a safe and comfortable space, both in person and online. She also leads the annual lantern-lighting ceremony, where more than 1,000 people gather annually.