Julia Ciarlo Hammond

Senior Principal, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies


(804) 762-6920

(804) 762-6950

Recent Publication:

Virginia Viewpoint - May 17, 2024

As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” In Virginia, they also brought a new budget.

Julia is practiced in leading a gubernatorial legislative team with extensive experience identifying emerging issues, developing and implementing high-level policy initiatives, and securing passage of a variety of measures and key reforms before the Virginia General Assembly.

Julia served as the director of legislative affairs and policy to Governor Robert F. McDonnell from 2011-2013. Julia led the McDonnell administration’s legislative strategy, developed the governor’s policy agenda, and worked with members of the Virginia General Assembly to advance the governor’s priorities. She was pivotal to the success of the governor’s agendas, directing the administration’s outreach to the General Assembly and stakeholder groups.

Julia has a strong background in the legislative development process, creating the state budget, and executive branch agency functions. Prior to joining the administration, Julia was state director for National Federation of Independent Business in Virginia. She previously served as director of government relations for the Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association, she served in the Office of Attorney General Jerry Kilgore, and as a legislative aide to Delegate David Albo.

Prior to joining Cozen O’Connor, Julia served as a senior manager of government affairs in the Richmond office of a national law firm. Julia earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Mary Washington.



What’s on your ballot? Everything you need to know about the 2019 General Election

October 31, 2019

Julia Hammond, government relations principal of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, will be part of NBC12's panel of analysts on Election Night and was also featured on their recent Election Preview Special.

Cozen O'Connor's Lobbying Group Is on a Hiring Tear

July 18, 2018

The Legal Intelligencer highlighted the recent additions to Cozen O'Connor's Public Strategies group of Julia Ciarlo Hammond, Ryan O'Toole, Patrick Martin, and James Ansorge.

Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies Welcomes Julia Ciarlo Hammond and Ryan F. O’Toole to its Fast-Growing Government Relations Team

July 11, 2018

As veterans of two Virginia Governors’ administrations, both bring a strong and successful track record of promoting client interests to the firm’s Richmond, Va., office


Virginia Viewpoint - May 17, 2024

May 17, 2024

As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” In Virginia, they also brought a new budget.

Virginia Viewpoint - April 19, 2024

April 19, 2024

In bipartisan fashion, Governor Youngkin and legislators have agreed on a fresh start to negotiate a new two-year budget.

Virginia Viewpoint - The Power of the Pen

April 05, 2024

With only a few days remaining to act on legislation that passed during the regular session, Governor Youngkin has issued a flurry of vetoes including several that stymie Democratic priorities from this session.

Virginia Viewpoint: A Curtain Call -- Or A Budget Brawl?

March 12, 2024

The General Assembly has officially adjourned sine die, marking the end of a whirlwind 60-day legislative session while leaving the door open for an extended skirmish over the budget.

Virginia Viewpoint: The Budget Battle Begins

February 23, 2024

This week, the House and Senate each voted on their changes to the Governor’s introduced budget – with some noticeable differences between the two chambers and omissions that wipe out most the Governor’s top tax priorities. It sets the stage for a potentially lengthy budget gridlock between the Democratic majorities in the General Assembly and Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin.

Virginia Viewpoint: The Race to Crossover

February 12, 2024

Like a two-minute drill that football fans may see heading toward halftime in the big game this weekend, the Virginia General Assembly is in a similar race against the clock – a deadline colloquially referred to as Crossover.

Virginia Viewpoint: A Whole New Ballgame

January 29, 2024

Barring a few exceptions where unanimous consent is granted for new bills, legislators in the General Assembly have officially finalized their legislative agendas for the 2024 session.

Virginia Viewpoint - January 12, 2024

January 12, 2024

The Virginia General Assembly gaveled the 2024 Legislative Session into order this week with no shortage of significant changes. The first day of session included a landmark moment in the legislature’s 405-year history when Del.

Virginia Viewpoint - December 20, 2023

December 20, 2023

Governor Glenn Youngkin presented his 2024 – 2026 biennium budget to the Virginia House Appropriations, House Finance and Senate Finance & Appropriations Committees on Wednesday, December 20.

Virginia Viewpoint: Virginia 2023 Election Results

November 08, 2023

Virginia Democrats sweep the General Assembly, now have majority in both chambers.

Beltway Briefing - All Eyes on Virginia

October 31, 2021

As President Biden gathers with G20 leaders in Europe to tackle Covid-19 vaccines, supply chain woes, corporate tax issues, and the climate crisis, his domestic agenda continues to be in flux and candidates make their final pitch in Virginia’s race for governor. Public Strategies’ regular hosts Howard Schweitzer, Patrick Martin, and Kaitlyn Martin are joined by Jerry Kilgore, a former Virginia State Attorney General, and Julia Hammond, former legislative director for Virginia Governor McDonnell, to discuss the state of Virginia race, a potential preview of next year’s crucial midterm elections.

Virginia Adopts Workplace Safety Standards for the Pandemic — May be Coming to a State Near You [Alert]

July 30, 2020

Jerry Kilgore and Julia Hammond discuss Virginia's workplace safety standards to protect Virginia workers.


  • University of Mary Washington, B.A., 2000

University of Mary Washington, Alumni Board

VCU Ram Athletic Fund, Board of Directors

Opportunity Educational Institution, Board of Directors

Patrick Henry Charter School, Board of Directors

Teach for America, Senior Advisor