Julianne North

Julianne North


Build A Miracle

Cardiff by the Sea, CA USA

I love everything I do every day. It doesn’t matter how hard I’m working, I don’t ever think of it as hard work. It’s a blessing to get to see all of the good in the world.


By Roadtrip Nation

Julianne North


My road in life has been direct.
I attended Loyola Marymount University, where I received my bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and elementary education.
In 1985, while a sophomore in college, I went on a service trip to Tecate, Mexico, where I helped paint the dormitory of an orphanage and boys home.
On that trip, I met my now-husband and business partner, Christopher.
Together, we started an organization at LMU called De Colores, which is still in operation and organizes monthly student trips to build homes and schools in Tijuana.
After I graduated, I moved to Mexico with Christopher, we got married, and we continued to help fundraise and help out with various charitable projects.
In 1999, we decided to start our nonprofit, Build a Miracle, which focuses on building homes so that children can be raised by their families instead of having to live in an orphanage.
Initially, our goal was to gather friends and family and to build one home a year, but over the years the organization has grown and grown—we have now built over 350 homes to date.
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I help build homes for in-need families in Mexico.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People

Day to Day

In the US, I spend most of the day planning and working with sponsors by phone and email to coordinate home building projects. In Mexico, I meet with community leaders to help organize programs there.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Be positive and surround yourself with positive people. We are blessed to live in a country with endless possibilities. If one avenue doesn't work out, there are hundreds / thousands of others you can try! Be fearless, try things, and figure it out as you go! Get involved on campus in college!


The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"No, we don't want to help."

Challenges I Overcame

Work Stress

Interviewed By

LMU Roadtrip

LMU Roadtrip

Loyola Marymount University students and alumni