Julie Clements is the director of health and clinical affairs for the University of California Office of Federal Governmental Relations (FGR). In this role, Julie advises the University of California and UC Health on federal health policies originating in the United States Congress and the Administration. Before joining UC FGR, Julie performed legislative and regulatory counsel work for several national health care provider groups representing the interests of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, psychiatric physicians and mental health counselors. Julie brings a wealth of expertise which includes: knowledge of Medicaid and Medicare’s payment systems and coverage requirements; and expertise in the design of alternative payment models, health information exchanges and essential health benefits. While directing regulatory affairs for psychiatric physicians, Julie co-chaired a 67-member national mental health advocacy coalition comprised of government affairs representatives from prominent physician, hospital, mental health provider and patient groups. Prior to completing law school, Julie held a summer legal clerkship with the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, interned with a federal judge and served as a guardian ad litem arguing a child welfare case before the bench. During graduate school, she had a fellowship with the Congressional Budget Office, and as an undergraduate, she had an internship in the DC office of former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas. Julie is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Maryland Bar. She earned her law degree from Southern Methodist University in 2007 and a Master’s in Public Policy degree from American University in 2004. Julie is also a graduate of Emory University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. Julie presently represents UC Health system on the Government Relations Representatives’ Steering Committee of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).