Occupation: Nonprofit Professional
Education: University of Oklahoma, MA. Art History; Macalester College, BA. Communication Studies
Legislative Experience: Senate Member, 2018 - present
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Senator Julia Kirt was elected to the Oklahoma State Senate in 2018. Kirt represents District 30 in northwest Oklahoma County, which includes parts of Oklahoma City, Bethany, Warr Acres and The Village.
Kirt is an experienced community leader who has led statewide nonprofit organizations for almost 20 years. She most recently served as the Executive Director of Oklahomans for the Arts, which works to improve the economy, education and communities through the arts.
Previously, she led the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, working with thousands of artists across the state to develop strong small businesses and connect with audiences.
Kirt graduated from Leadership OKC Class XXI. She received a Governor’s Arts Award in 2014. Kirt is an active volunteer leader in many educational, community & arts nonprofit organizations. She is a member of Rotary Club 29 and a graduate of the Salt and Light Leadership Training and the Leadership Exchange Academy. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Masters in Art History and Macalester College in St Paul, MN with a Bachelors.
Among other community leadership, she serves as a Board Member for the Downtown Strategic Initiatives, a Task Force member for Read OKC and Advisory Board member for the All Access Arts program. She was elected a Council Member by her national peers for the Americans for the Arts’ State Arts Action Network.
Kirt lives in Oklahoma City with her husband, Nathan Guilford, and their two children, Roger and Lila. Nathan owns a small business in NW OKC. The family participates actively at their church, St Paul’s Episcopal. The children attend their neighborhood public elementary school, where Kirt volunteers extensively.