Julia Arbini-Carbonell was born and raised in Colombia, South America. She came to the Unites States in the late 60’s. Julia started her state career when she was hired in 1978 as the administrative assistant for the Ohio Commission on Spanish-Speaking Affairs, now known as the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs.
Her introduction to state government was to assist in the ground-floor establishment of this brand new commission that was established by the Ohio Legislature to address the needs and concerns of the growing number of Hispanics in Ohio. She started with the Ohio Department of Human Services in 1987 as a Program Developer at the Office of Children and Families. She administered the Ohio Family Violence Prevention Program, which she saw the budget increase from $200,000 to $2,000.00, establishing the first ever stable funding source for Ohio’s Domestic Violence shelters. She was assigned as a staff-on-loan to the Ohio Commission on Spanish-Speaking Affairs in 1996, when the director of the commission requested her assistance in establishing an outreach program to the Latino community throughout Ohio.
She returned to ODJFS in 1998 to assist in the development of the department’s Cultural Diversity Initiatives. The Cultural Diversity Initiatives became part of the Civil Rights Bureau when it incorporated addressing compliance of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits discrimination based on color, race and national origin. Julia monitors compliance of the Prohibition of Discrimination Against Limited English Proficient individuals and provides technical assistance to the department as well as county agencies on Title VI.