Julia M. Payne
Senior Vice President
Julia Payne has 18 years of public relations experience at the highest levels of politics and professional sports. From the White House to the National Football League, Julia’s vast experience has equipped her to handle any communications challenge in any industry. Her expertise and reputation in the field are such that her advice is constantly sought out by national political and industry leaders.
Previously, as President of BLUEXXIV, Julia provided strategic public relations, public affairs, and media relations planning and consulting services for clients in public, private and nonprofit sectors with a specific focus on advocacy campaigns on the environment, energy, and health care.
Recently, Julia was the Director of Communications for the Alliance for Climate Protection (ACP). While there, she successfully led the development and implementation of ACP’s communication strategy and the Repower America campaign at both the national and local levels.
Julia has also led strategy and development for clients, as a Vice President at Dittus Communications where her principle duties included developing and managing multi-level, complex public relations and public affairs campaigns, crisis communications and business development for a wide range of clients including the YMCA of the USA, General Motors, Grocery Manufacturers Association, and PhRMA.
Julia has also served as the vice president of communications for the Washington Redskins. In making this initial leap from politics to professional sports, Julia applied her communications skills, honed during her years in government public service, to the world of professional sports, which often requires the same delicacy and precision at public affairs. During her tenure with the Redskins, a team that had previously struggled with public relations, Julia quickly garnered a favorable response from the players, the coaches, and the media. She also served as a consultant for the National Football League.
At the end of President Clinton’s second term, Julia continued to work for the former president, becoming the director of communications for the William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation. During the Clinton Administration, Julia served as an assistant press secretary to President Clinton and as a deputy press secretary to Vice President Gore. During her time at the White House, she traveled with the White House Press Corps on more than 200 trips to six continents, 50 countries, and 48 states and 3 presidential campaigns, including the 2000 campaign.
Julia received her undergraduate degree from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia.