Savannah attorney and school board member Julie Wade has been named executive director of the Park Place Outreach — Youth Emergency Shelter, which provides support and temporary residential services for at-risk children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area. The Shelter provides, counseling, house parents, case managers, street outreach and drop in center.
Wade will succeed Linda Hilts, who’s retired after 20 years.
“I am honored to be selected for this position, and to build on the excellent programs Linda Hilts began and fostered over the past 20 years,” Wade said. “She became the voice of homeless and unaccompanied youth in our community, and I am eager to continue to work on their behalf.”
Park Place Outreach board chairman Todd Cellini praised Wade’s legal background and her experience in student and child advocacy.
“As a sitting board member of the Savannah Chatham public school system, she has an extensive understanding of our largest population of at-risk children,” Cellini said.
Under Hilts’s leadership, Park Place Outreach helped more than 6,200 area young people find emergency shelter and thousands more found stability through its non-residential programs Since Wade’s appointment, she has initiated new programs for youth interaction including preparing meals together and sharing mealswith special guests.
Wade, a native of Atlanta, attended Georgia public schools from kindergarten until college. She attended the University of Georgia and then the University of Georgia School of Law. Currently, she is a lawyer at The Wade Law Firm in Savannah, with a focus on federal criminal defense and civil litigation. Additionally, Wade serves on the Board of Education for the Savannah Chatham County Public School System, a position she has held since 2011. Wade will continue her service on the Board of Education as she assumes this new position with Park Place Outreach.
Previously, she served as an assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of Georgia from 2007 to 2008 as the Project Safe Childhood Coordinator, prosecuting violations of federal law, including child exploitation, firearms, narcotics, fraud, and immigration.
She is chair of the board of directors for Girls on the Run and chairwoman of United Way Women’s Legacy Council. She also serves on the boards of America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia and Educate Chatham Foundation. Wade is a graduate of Leadership Savannah and Leadership Georgia. She and her husband have three children who attend public school.