Joseph Hill

Senior Principal, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Philadelphia

(215) 665-2065

(215) 665-2013

Recent Publication:

Broad Street Brief: Anti-Eviction Programs Extended as City Distributes Millions in Relief and Eyes Permanent Changes to Housing Policy, Philadelphia’s Pandemic Paid Leave Law Expires, But Other Labor Changes on the Horizon

Philadelphia’s eviction diversion and rental assistance programs will stay in effect until at least August 31, thanks to a favorable ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The city reports that over 35,000 have applied for rent relief, and that the city is on track to distribute $37 million in aid by September 1.

Bringing experience across public service, public affairs, political campaigns, and education policy, Joe leads the firm’s government relations and public advocacy efforts in Philadelphia and southeastern Pennsylvania. He also plays a key role in the firm’s broader executive and legislative branch advocacy and policy monitoring efforts throughout the Commonwealth.

Joe recently returned to the firm after serving as statewide political director and deputy campaign manager for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s highly successful reelection bid. Prior to joining Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, Joe served as deputy political director for the Hillary for America campaign in Pennsylvania, where he managed and leveraged the campaign's relationships with elected officials, business leaders, and labor organizations throughout the state. Before this role, he served as the director of public participation for the 2016 Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC), leading the public engagement program with various state and local stakeholders in the Philadelphia area.

Joe previously served in a number of roles in the office of U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr., which included advising the senator on issues before the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (HELP). During this time, Joe worked on higher education policy, as well as the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that became law in December 2015.

Prior to serving on Capitol Hill, Joe was a Teach for America corps member in Wilmington, Del., where he taught middle school social studies and science, leading his students to significant growth on statewide assessments. Before becoming an educator, Joe served as chairman of the Philadelphia Youth Commission and testified before the House Budget Committee on higher education policy.

Joe holds a B.A. from Georgetown University where he served as an elected member of student government. He currently lives in Philadelphia where he was born and raised.

News

10 Bold Predictions for Philly Politics in 2020

January 04, 2020

Joseph Hill was quoted in a Philadelphia magazine article discussing the personalities and issues that are poised to have a dramatic impact on Philly politics and potentially turn Pennsylvania blue in arguably the most consequential presidential election in modern history in November 2020.

Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies Hosts The Reform Alliance at PA State Capitol

September 25, 2019

Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies hosted client, The Reform Alliance at the State Capitol, meeting with Pennsylvania Senate, House Leadership and Lt. Governor to advocate for probation reform.

Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies Welcomes Joe Hill Back to its Pennsylvania Practice

January 07, 2019

Hill Returns After Helping Run Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s Decisive Reelection Bid

Publications

Broad Street Brief: Anti-Eviction Programs Extended as City Distributes Millions in Relief and Eyes Permanent Changes to Housing Policy, Philadelphia’s Pandemic Paid Leave Law Expires, But Other Labor Changes on the Horizon

July 15, 2021

Philadelphia’s eviction diversion and rental assistance programs will stay in effect until at least August 31, thanks to a favorable ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The city reports that over 35,000 have applied for rent relief, and that the city is on track to distribute $37 million in aid by September 1.

Broad Street Brief: $5.2 Billion City Budget Goes into Effect, Councilmembers Gauthier and Quiñones Sánchez Target Gentrification with Mixed Housing Bill

July 01, 2021

Philadelphia’s latest budget goes into effect today, containing $5.2 billion in spending and a host of programs designed to curb Philadelphia’s increasing gun violence rates.

Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning Introduced in Philadelphia City Council [Alert]

June 25, 2021

Joseph Hill & Brianna Westbrooks discuss Councilmembers Quiñones Sánchez and Gauthier's legislation that would institute mandatory inclusionary zoning in select areas of the city.

Broad Street Brief: City Council Set To Vote on Final Budget, Councilmember Johnson Looks to Increase Compensation for PHL Workers

June 24, 2021

Philadelphia City Council is slated to give final approval to the city’s $5.2 billion budget today, capping a marathon of negotiations on a variety of different issues and funding streams.

Broad Street Brief: Council and Kenney Reach Budget Compromise, Council Passes Two Tenant-Support Bills Out of Committee

June 18, 2021

After extensive debate and negotiations, City Council approved an amended version of Mayor Kenney’s budget proposal late last night.

Philadelphia City Council and Mayor Kenney Reach Budget Compromise [Alert]

June 18, 2021

On June 17, Philadelphia City Council approved amendments to the budget that Mayor Kenney initially presented in April.

Broad Street Brief: Budget Negotiations Between Mayor Kenney and City Council Continue, Federal Update: American Jobs Plan Negotiations Between White House and GOP Move to New Phase

June 10, 2021

City Council and Mayor Kenney are still working towards reaching a consensus around tax policy and key city investments. Changes to the wage tax, business and receipts tax, and the parking tax are still being debated.

Broad Street Brief: Council Looks to Incentivize Vaccines, New Police Oversight Board Passes Council

June 03, 2021

Members of City Council will review two proposals to incentivize vaccines citywide. The first proposal would give residents a $50 credit to use on Philadelphia Gas Works and Water Department bills, and the other would create $50 vouchers that can be used “in a manner to be determined by the City.” Both proposals would be capped at 100,000 vouchers.

Broad Street Brief: Councilmembers Quiñones-Sánchez and Gauthier Look to Reform Affordable Housing Requirements. Councilmember Johnson Seeks Demolition Moratorium for ‘Doctors’ Row’

May 27, 2021

New legislation proposed by Councilmembers Maria Quiñones-Sánchez and Jamie Gauthier is taking aim at how the city requires developers to support affordable housing.

Broad Street Brief: Council Approves Bonds to Finance Neighborhood Preservation Initiative; Majority Leader Parker Proposes Parking Tax Reduction

May 20, 2021

On Thursday, City Council passed legislation that authorized $400 million in bonds to finance the Neighborhood Preservation Initiative (NPI).

Broad Street Brief: City Announces Reopening Plan; Airport Worker Legislation Introduced; Budget Hearings Continue

May 13, 2021

On Tuesday, the Kenney administration announced that it would be lifting pandemic related restrictions on businesses. Restaurants, offices, casinos, museums, and other indoor venues will have increased capacity limits beginning May 21.

Broad Street Brief: Racial Equality; Tax Reductions; Gun Violence

May 06, 2021

On Monday, budget season officially began as City Council asked questions of the Kenney administration. Gun violence, racial equity, proposed tax reductions, and economic recovery were the main topics councilmembers raised during their questioning.

Broad Street Brief: Council Passes Legislation Prohibiting Marijuana Testing for Employment; Housing Transitions to Solar

April 29, 2021

On Thursday, City Council introduced a resolution to form a special committee that would create and recommend strategies to ensure equity and inclusion in city infrastructure projects.

Broad Street Brief: Details on the Mayor’s budget proposal, Proposal to protect renters; Funding for the School District; Land-value taxation

April 22, 2021

News and intelligence for professionals on the front lines of policy in the city and suburbs of Philadelphia.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Mayor Kenney Proposes Budget for Fiscal Year 2022

April 21, 2021

Joseph Hill and Brianna Westbrooks discuss Mayor Kenny's budget proposal.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Proposal to Reduce Taxes Introduced in Philadelphia City Council

April 13, 2021

Joseph Hill & Brianna Westbrooks discuss three bills introduced to City Council that lower certain business taxes in an effort to spur economic recovery.

Progressive Paid Leave Policy Introduced in Philadelphia City Council [Alert]

February 17, 2021

Joseph Hill, Michael Henlon, and Brianna Westbrooks discuss legislation introduced in Philadelphia City Council that would significantly expand required paid sick leave for individuals at companies with more than 50 employees.

Biden Works to Push Black Turnout in Campaign’s Final Days

November 02, 2020

Joe Hill was quoted in an Associate Press article discussing Joe Biden’s campaign efforts to appeal to Black supporters to vote in-person during a pandemic that has disproportionally affected their communities, betting that a strong turnout will boost his chances in states that could decide the election.

Education

  • Georgetown University, B.A., 2011

Awards & Honors

Member, City & State Pennsylvania’s Advisory Board (2021)

Member, Board of Directors, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (2020)

Member, Board of Directors, Historic Philadelphia, Inc. (2020-)

Board Member, Mural Arts Philadelphia

Member, Board of Directors, The Kimmel Center, Inc. (2020)