Julia Pernet joined the Tucson Guitar Society board in 2010 while still in transition from the Chicago area to being a full-time Tucsonan. While her training was in finance, she brought with her a long-standing enthusiasm for classical music, in particular guitar and voice. She also became an early participant in the Tucson Desert Song Festival, serving as its Artistic Advisory Board Chair since its inaugural season in 2012. Eric Holtan and True Concord presented in each of the Desert Song Festivals, working with the Desert Song Festival advisory committee to secure soloists for each festival. She joined the True Concord board in 2018.
Her previous community work had been with Friends Against Aids, an organization dedicated to supporting families with children being treated for HIV infection at the University of Chicago Children’s Hospital.