Published Articles, Quotes, and Podcasts “How to Find Balance in a Hybrid World” LinkedIn March 23, 2022 “2022 Legislative Look-Ahead with the Commuter Rail Coalition” RAIL GROUP ON AIR February 14, 2022 Quoted, “Earmark Return Boosts Lobbyists Hired to Give Localities an Edge” Bloomberg Government June 17, 2021 “How to BLUF Your Way Through a Corps Meeting” The Levee Was Dry Blog May 20, 2021 “Listen Up, It’s Your Turn to Speak” The Levee Was Dry Blog March 8, 2021 “One Lobbyist’s Tips for Virtual Meetings” LinkedIn February 17, 2021 “Time to BUILD” The Levee Was Dry Blog October 9, 2020 “Building the Case for Infrastructure” The Levee Was Dry Blog May 8, 2020 “Infrastructure Infodemic” The Levee Was Dry Blog March 29, 2020 “Think Inside the Box(es)” The Levee Was Dry Blog October 20, 2019 “Must See TV – D.C. Style” The Levee Was Dry Blog July 8, 2019 “Calling all Potential P3 Projects” The Levee Was Dry Blog February 11, 2019 “The President is Pushing Infrastructure, But Not So Much Through the Corps’ Civil Works Program” The Levee Was Dry Blog February 12, 2018 “A Quick Look at What’s Ahead on the Water Infrastructure Front” The Levee Was Dry Blog August 30, 2017 “A Welcome Surprise From Congress” The Levee Was Dry Blog July 17, 2017 “A Lobbyist’s Thoughts on Whether the Work Plan Foreshadows Trump’s View of the Corps’ Future Role” The Levee Was Dry Blog May 26, 2017 “The Army Corps of Engineers, a Continuing Resolution Expiration, and a Congress That Hasn’t Yet Made Up Its Mind” The Levee Was Dry Blog April 9, 2017 “The Trump Skinny Budget and Federal Flood Protection” The Levee Was Dry Blog March 16, 2017 National Waterways Conference June 2016 Newsletter reprint of “Tips for Surviving a Civil Works Review Board” June 2016 “Call for Projects Forthcoming from the Army Corps of Engineers” The Levee Was Dry Blog May 17, 2016 “Changes Ahead at the US Army Corps” The Levee Was Dry Blog May 2, 2016 “Tips for Surviving a Civil Works Review Board” The Levee Was Dry Blog February 2016 Quoted, “Positive train control implementation chugs along, despite challenges,” Progressive Railroading, April 2014 “Will the ‘Do Nothing Congress’ Actually Do Something?” American Infrastructure Magazine, Winter 2014 Quoted, "Will Shuster’s WRRDA Lesson Connect?" The Journal of Commerce, September 2013 Quoted, "Senate Water Projects Act Opens The Tap For New Contracts," Law360, June 2013 Quoted, "Rail Industry Sees Service Threats in Two Fronts," The Journal of Commerce, March 2013 "2013 Congressional Infrastructure Forecast," American Infrastructure, February 2013 Quoted, “DOT Launches $17B Transportation Infrastructure Fund,” Law360, July 2012 Quoted, “With Highway Bill in Place, Larger Projects Can Get Rolling,” Law360, July 2012 “Recent Congressional Agenda Packed with Water Infrastructure Action,” Floodplain Management and Liability Reporter, August 2010 “House Funding Bill for the U.S. Army Corps Gets Postponed,” Floodplain Management and Liability Reporter, July 2010 “Congress Debates Innovative Financing for Infrastructure Projects,” Floodplain Management and Liability Reporter, June 2010 “Congressional Hearing Season in Washington: A Focus on FEMA,” Floodplain Management and Liability Reporter, May 2010 “U.S. House Committee Takes a Closer Look at Implementation of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007,” Floodplain Management and Liability Reporter, April 2010 “Obama Administration Releases Fiscal Year 2011 Budget,” Floodplain Management and Liability Reporter, March 2010 “Water Resources Outlook for the Second Session of the 111th Congress,” Floodplain Management and Liability Reporter, February 2010 “White House Council on Environmental Quality Looks to Quiet the Storm Over Draft Revisions to Execute Order 11988,” Floodplain Management and Liability Reporter, January 2010 “The Federal Legislative Debate over Transforming the National Flood Insurance Program,” Floodplain Management and Liability Reporter, December 2009 “President Obama to Sign Bill Appropriating Funds for Flood Management; Limited Resources Limits New Projects to Receive Funding,” Floodplain Management and Liability Reporter, November 2009 "A Look Forward to Flood Protection and the Upcoming Session of Congress,” Floodplain Management and Liability Reporter, October 2009 “New Starts Handbook – a guide for congressional staff navigating the Federal Transit Administration New Starts process,” Co-author, January 2009 “Major Capital Project Pipeline for the American Public Transportation Association,” Co-researcher, 2006
Speaking Engagements “Congress & Outside Interests” Georgetown Government Affairs Institute Congressional Briefing for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers April 6, 2022 -Washington, DC “A View from Washington, D.C.” American Shore & Beach Preservation Association March 2022 – virtual “A View from Washington, D.C.” American Shore & Beach Preservation Association September 2021 – New Orleans, LA Storytelling for Ports United – How to Make the Biggest Impact” American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Spring Legislative Conference March 2021 - virtual “How to Prepare for a New Washington” California Marine Affairs and Navigation Conference (CMANC) Winter Meeting January 2021 –virtual “Congressional Forecast: A bi-partisan view from the Potomac on federal legislative action and inaction” National Waterways Conference, November 2020 – virtual “Muddy Waters: Fall Federal Update & Outlook” California Marine Affairs and Navigation Conference (CMANC) Fall Meeting November 2020 –virtual “Washington Update & Outlook” California Marine Affairs and Navigation Conference (CMANC) Winter Meeting January 2020 –San Pedro, CA “Washington Update & Outlook” California Marine Affairs and Navigation Conference (CMANC) Fall Meeting September 2019 –San Rafael, CA “Congress and Outside Interests” The Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University April 2019 – Washington, DC “Washington Update & Outlook” California Marine Affairs and Navigation Conference (CMANC) Fall Meeting September 2018 – Oakland, CA “Federal Update & Outlook” Association of Pacific Ports (APP) Conference July 2018 - Stockton, CA Panelist “WRDA 2018 NAFSMA Leaders” National Association of Flood & Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA) Conference July 2018 - Santa Fe, NM Floodplain Development and Management Conference, the Seminar Group November 2017 – Napa, CA “Washington Update & Outlook” California Marine Affairs and Navigation Conference (CMANC) Fall Meeting September 2017 – Santa Cruz, CA Panelist “New Lay of the Land in Washington, DC” American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) Conference February 2017 – Washington, DC “Washington Update & Outlook” California Marine Affairs and Navigation Conference (CMANC) Winter Meeting January 2017 – Redondo Beach, CA “Washington Update & Outlook” California Marine Affairs and Navigation Conference (CMANC) Fall Meeting September 2016 – Pismo Beach, CA Panelist “Federal Flood Control Issues, A 2016 Federal Issues Update” Floodplain Management Association (FMA) Conference September 2016 – Sacramento, CA Speed Mentor for Women's Congressional Staff Association 7th Annual Leadership Conference June 2016 – Washington, DC “I Want to be Better at Advocacy: How to Effectively Influence Others,” Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) International Conference October 2014 – Washington, DC Panelist, “Water Resources Reform Development Act 2014 - Opportunities for Federal Reengagement in Flood Control,” 2014 Floodplain Management Annual (FMA) Conference September 2014 - Santa Clara, CA "What is Lobbying? Lobbying and Advocacy 101,” American Water Works Associate (AWWA) CA & NV Chapter Conference March 2014 – Anaheim, CA "I Want to be Better at Advocacy: Top 10 List to Effective Lobbying and Advocacy,” American Water Works Associate (AWWA) CA & NV Chapter Conference March 2014 – Anaheim, CA "Advocating for Water: 2014 Issues in the Legislature and Congress and How you Can Engage,” American Water Works Associate (AWWA) CA & NV Chapter Conference March 2014 – Anaheim, CA "A Look at the Sutter Butte Basin Process," National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA) 2013 Annual Meeting December 2013 - San Francisco, CA "Options for Financing Deepening Projects - Private Sector," American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Harbors and Navigation Committee Meeting August 2012 - Washington, DC "Washington Perspective - The Outlook for Federal Funding, Emerging Issues, What Local Agencies Should be Thinking About for Their Programs," National Association of Flood & Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA) 2012 Annual Meeting August 2012 - Coeur d'Alene, ID “The Short- and Long-Range Outlook for Federal Funding and Priorities,” National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA) November 2011 - St. Petersburg, FL "Running the Gauntlet: When Locals Need to Modify Federally-Authorized Flood Control Projects under Section 408," Association of State Floodplain Managers’ annual national conference May 2011 - Louisville, KY "Lobbying 101," Women in Transportation, Washington, D.C. Chapter March 2011 – Washington, DC Panel, U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement, Corporate Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Businesswomen's Network forum in Bahrain, supported by the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and Vital Voices Global Partnership November 2008 – Manama, Bahrain
Julie Minerva is a recognized leader on infrastructure investments and has worked on a variety of transportation, port, water resources and economic development projects across the country. A former Legislative Assistant to the late Congressman Robert T. Matsui, she has represented transit agencies, commuter railroads, short line railroads, ports, harbors, water districts, flood control agencies, cities, counties, joint powers authorities, and private enterprises to advance critical infrastructure needs at the federal level. Julie has successfully executed legislative and regulatory strategies for a broad range of infrastructure interests including rail line relocations, light-rail extensions, bus storage maintenance facilities, fleet replacement, recapitalization of commuter rail service, airport facilities, innovative finance, economic development, levees, dams, shorelines, navigation channels, environmental restoration, drinking water and wastewater facilities, and base reuse. Her advocacy efforts on behalf of infrastructure investments includes working with the US Department of Transportation, and its modal administrations such as the Federal Transit Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the US Bureau of Reclamation, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of Management and Budget as well as the US Congress. Since joining Carpi & Clay in 2016, Julie has secured over a billion dollars in direct federal assistance for infrastructure clients.
Julie's two-decade career in Washington, DC has ranged from Capitol Hill to AmLaw 200 law firms, to where she is today with Carpi & Clay's concierge government relations practice. Julie's hands-on approach has helped prepare clients to testify before Congress, has coached new legislative staff through the nuances of complex issues, and has advised clients on navigating the ever-changing politics of Washington. Julie's extensive portfolio of experience covers client interests in 25 states and American Samoa. From helping to establish an inland port in California’s central valley to advancing water security and resiliency in upstate New York, to enhancing rail operations in Northwest Indiana, to reducing flood risks in Texas, Julie's proactive approach has been integral to revitalizing aging infrastructure and building new investments. This broad geographic and issue experience and the relationships that have been built along the way, both within Congress as well as at the agency level, are a tremendous resource to the work that she does for the firm's clients.
Julie’s success on advancing infrastructure projects caught the attention of Washingtonian magazine, which named her one of Washington's “Top 40 under 40” lobbyists. She has served as a monthly columnist for the Floodplain Management and Liability Reporter, is a regular contributor to The Levee Was Dry blog, coauthored the “New Starts Handbook,” a guide for congressional staffers navigating the FTA's Capital Investment Grant process, and organized the first “New Starts Day on the Hill” for the Capital Investment Grant Working Group. She is also a frequent guest speaker at national infrastructure conferences and a regular participant at infrastructure industry meetings such as the American Public Transportation Association, the Capital Investment Grant Working Group, the American Association of Port Authorities, the National Waterways Conference, and the National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies. In September 2019 Julie was named to the Board of Directors for the National Waterways Conference and currently services on NWC’s Executive Committee.
Julie graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and theatre, with a dance emphasis.