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Julia Smekalina

IMGE
Senior Manager, Political Clients & Strategy
Washington, DC
Julia Smekalina is responsible for client management and digital strategy development for political clients at IMGE. Now working with some of the countries biggest campaigns and candidates, she has a diverse professional background working on both political and corporate campaigns, for the California state legislature, and for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

Julia joined IMGE following her work on two political campaigns where she oversaw digital strategy and media relations. Before that, Julia worked for the NAM developing and implementing their first comprehensive digital strategy that dramatically improved the NAM’s advocacy, presence, and membership value.

Julia got hooked on politics in Sacramento where she got her start working for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and on the gubernatorial campaign of Steve Poizner. Prior to moving to the East Coast, Julia worked as a legislative aide in the California State Senate as part of the prestigious Capital Fellows Program.

Born in Russia, Julia grew up in California and graduated from the University of California, Davis with a dual degree in political science and philosophy.