Julie Norton brings more than 25 years of experience in politics and government to SKDKnickerbocker. From her years in the Clinton administration and Howard Dean’s presidential campaign to advising political candidates at every level – from presidential to statehouse delegate – Julie brings particular expertise to the intersection of communications and policy. At SKDK, she advises political campaigns, produces ads and utilizes her strategic communications skills for nonprofits, corporations and foundations.
Julie has provided strategic and media consulting on countless campaigns across the country. Her work at SKDK includes ballot initiative campaigns in Washington state, Oregon, Nevada and Maine; congressional races from Georgia to Wisconsin to Michigan to Massachusetts; Senate work in New Hampshire, Connecticut and Alaska; state legislative races in Virginia and New Jersey; and Washington, D.C.,–based issue advocacy on reforming gun safety laws and food labeling. Julie played a key role in the strategy and ad-making for three hard-fought but successful gun safety ballot initiatives as well as the initiative that brought marriage equality to WA State. She also helped successfully elect the first Democratic attorney general in Virginia in decades.
Julie’s ads are creative and effective. She has been recognized with ten Pollie Awards, including awards for Best Statewide Ballot Initiative Ad, Best Democratic Independent Expenditure DCCC Ad; Use of Humor in Ballot Initiative Campaigns; and Best Use of Negative for a Congressional Campaign.
Julie has done extensive work advising nonprofits, corporations and foundations on issues ranging from genetically engineered foods to telecommunications policy to the areas of energy reform and climate change policy, a subject she has focused on since attending the negotiation of the Kyoto Protocol as a member of the U.S. delegation. Her understanding of public policy helps her devise communications and political strategies to help her clients navigate a constantly changing terrain.
With a high maintenance wife, two kids under three, a mom over eighty and two neurotic dogs, Julie enjoys the tranquility that a life in politics provides.