Julie Cram is an advocacy and public affairs expert who brings more than 15 years of experience in issue advocacy, communications, and government affairs from high-level posts in campaigns, the federal government and the private sector.
As Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Public Liaison at The White House, Cram led a team of 18 professionals in developing advocacy campaigns to advance major initiatives around key policy areas including economic, trade, immigration, energy and environment, defense, international development and judicial nominations. She was instrumental in developing core strategies to foster consensus and build coalitions, effectively manage policy rollouts, and execute stakeholder outreach plans around complex and difficult issues in a fast-paced, high-stakes environment. While serving the President, Ms. Cram also had the privilege of leading an official delegation of veteran organizations to Iraq in 2007.
Immediately following her White House service, Cram was Senior Vice President at DDC Advocacy, an issues and grassroots advocacy firm, where she developed and managed national and state-based advocacy campaigns for associations, coalitions and corporations. In early 2010, Cram launched her own firm to help clients improve and strengthen their influence in the public policy arena by applying political-style thinking, discipline and tactics to support their unique environment and goals. Clients have included national associations, 527’s, issue coalitions and corporations.
Prior to the White House, Cram was Vice President, Corporate Communications for TerreStar Networks Inc., a mobile satellite communications company. In this role, she developed strategies focused on maximizing the start-up's corporate presence as well as public-sector visibility through targeted government and media relations, strategic branding, stakeholder outreach, and message development. She played an integral role in gaining U.S. government buy-in and assisted in developing equity financing packages. She also helped spearhead the company's pan-European issue advocacy campaign, which involved a major coalition launch, media development, and a grassroots outreach initiative.
Cram has served in other strategic public affairs roles including Director, Public Affairs, Burson-Marsteller; Deputy Communications Director, Bush-Cheney 2004; Director, Public Affairs, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce; and Deputy Communications Director, Republican National Committee.
Prior to her work in the political and advocacy arena, Cram was the Vice President for St. Sophia Partners, a multi-use/multi-phase commercial real estate project in Telluride, Colorado. As the on-site Owners Representative, she managed all aspects of the development project, including marketing/sales strategies, construction and design consultants and joint venture contract negotiations.
While in Telluride, Cram helped lead the Home Rule Charter Committee (and an eventual Colorado Supreme Court challenge) to create the Town of Mountain Village, Colorado and was elected to two terms as a Town Councilwoman. While in Telluride, she was on the Board of Joffrey Ballet in Telluride, San Miguel Resource Center and various other philanthropic civic organizations.
Ms. Cram lives in Annapolis, Maryland and is a United States Naval Academy Sponsor.