Julie M. Hamilton has worked in the land use, environmental and political arena in Southern California for over twenty years. Julie has worked for the California Coastal Commission, the cities of Laguna Beach and Poway, several small consulting firms and San Diego County Supervisor Pam Slater. She is widely respected for her understanding of land use and environmental issues and the impacts of these issues on businesses and citizens.

Julie has served as a docent for the Tijuana Estuary and the Coastal Commission representative to the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve Management Authority and the Border Task Force. She was a member of the Speakers Bureau for the San Dieguito River Valley Regional Open Space Park and received its Volunteer Award in 1993. She served on the SANDAG Telecommunications Committee in 1995 and she was the facilitator for the County of San Diego's SMART Growth Transportation Committee in 1999. While attending Law School, Julie received the Environmental Law Clinic Intern of the Year Award and received the highest grade in the Environmental Law Clinic for five semesters.

Julie graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation in 1979, and received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1998. 

In her free time Julie enjoys volleyball (beach and indoor), kayaking, bicycling and skiing. She is currently a Board Member or the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition and the Cyclo-Vets Master Racing Coordinator.  Last year she served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Amgen Tour of California Finish in Escondido.  In 2007, Julie served as the President of Cyclo-Vets.