With a unanimous vote of affirmation, Chip DiPaula and Joanne (Shannon) Julien will join the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties Board of Directors. Mr. DiPaula and Dr. Julien will begin their 3-year terms effective July 1, 2022. They join the organization at a significant milestone in its history — its 50th anniversary year — and will help to shape and steward its future.

Their appointments will fill the seats of current directors Lore Moran Dodge, Christina Macfarland, and Jane Mitchell, whose terms end on June 30, 2022.


Chip DiPaula

Chip DiPaula is an accomplished senior executive who has launched and led high-growth organizations in technology, real estate, government, and politics.

Mr. DiPaula is Co-Founder of Flywheel Digital, a pioneering digital advertising firm that optimizes ecommerce sales for the world’s largest brands, including Amazon. He also serves as Chairman of the University System of Maryland Medical System, appointed by the Governor of Maryland in 2019 to lead sweeping governance, management, and operations reforms.

Prior to founding Flywheel, Mr. DiPaula served as Executive Vice President of Compass Marketing, Inc., and Chief Operating Officer of Petrie Ross Ventures. Mr. DiPaula has also successfully led groundbreaking political campaigns and complex public sector organizations. In 2012, he helped lead Maryland’s successful and first-in-the-nation marriage equality referendum campaign. Mr. DiPaula served as Chief of Staff to the Governor of Maryland from 2005 to 2007, overseeing 80,000 state employees.

Mr. DiPaula is a graduate of Towson University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Management. He lives in Palm Beach County.


Joanne Julien

Joanne (Shannon) Julien, MD, FRCPC most recently served as Division Chief for Pulmonary Medicine at Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach. She received her MD from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec where she also completed her residency in internal medicine and her research fellowship in respirology.

Prior to her career in medicine, Dr. Julien was a Legislative Assistant with The Upjohn Company in Washington, DC as well as a U.S. Senate Intern for Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum (R-KS), ranking member of the Labor and Human Resources Committee.

In 2018, Dr. Julien and her husband (Bobby), spent nine months sailing their 59ft sailboat from Florida to the coast of Australia with their three boys aged 7, 9 and 12. They homeschooled their children, visited over 25 countries and completed the entire 12,000 nautical mile voyage without additional crew.