Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies Further Expands Pennsylvania Practice with Addition to Philadelphia Office
Philadelphia, February 13, 2017 — Continuing to grow its Pennsylvania presence, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies today announced that Joe Hill will join the firm as government relations professional in Philadelphia. Bringing experience across public service, public affairs, political campaigns, and education policy, Joe will advise corporate and nonprofit clients on strategic engagement with the public sector.
Joe will primarily assist clients on advancing their policy priorities before city hall and throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania. In addition, Joel will support the firms’ statewide outreach efforts, including executive and legislative branch advocacy and policy monitoring.
“Joe’s addition helps cement our focus on further building the premier government affairs practice in Pennsylvania,” said Kevin Washo, a government relations principal in Philadelphia. “I’ve known Joe for many years and not only is he very gifted, but he also understands this city and surrounding region as well as anyone. His experience in government service and understanding of the political and policy landscape throughout the commonwealth will bring great value to clients.”
Before joining Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, Hill was the 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. Prior to 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 throughout the region.
“I am very excited to join Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies and support the work of the team in Pennsylvania,” Hill said. “The firm is very well-positioned to help clients take advantage of the many opportunities for engaging with all dimensions of government, both in Philadelphia and across the commonwealth. I’m really looking forward to participating in that process.”
Hill previously served in a number of roles in the office of U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr., advising on a range of national and local political issues affecting Southeastern Pennsylvania and liaising with constituent groups in the region. He was also an education policy adviser to the senator on issues before the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. During this time, Hill worked on higher education policy, as well as the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that became law in December of 2015.
Prior to serving on Capitol Hill, Hill was a Teach for America corps member in Wilmington, Del., leading his students to significant growth on statewide assessments. Before becoming an educator, Hill served as chairman of the Philadelphia Youth Commission and testified before the House Budget Committee on higher education policy.
Hill holds a B.A. from Georgetown University.
About Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies
Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies is a bipartisan government relations firm. It represents clients before the federal government in Washington, DC and state and local government in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. The firm’s professionals offer a full complement of government-affairs services, including legislative and executive branch advocacy, policy analysis, assistance with government procurement and funding programs, and crisis management.
About Cozen O’Connor
Established in 1970 and ranked among the top 100 law firms in America, Cozen O’Connor has more than 600 attorneys who help clients manage risk and make better business decisions. The firm counsels clients on their most sophisticated legal matters in all areas of the law, including litigation, corporate and regulatory law. Representing a broad array of leading global corporations and middle market companies, Cozen O’Connor services its clients’ needs through 24 offices across two continents.