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Welcome Julie Henderson to UCOP External Relations

Julie Henderson, who has worked with Gov. Jerry Brown since 2008, joins UCOP this week as chief of staff and senior policy advisor in the Office of External Relations, reporting to Senior Vice President Dan Dooley. She replaces Brad Hayward, who left UCOP last fall.

An attorney who started her career at law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, Henderson since 2011 has served as a senior advisor to Gov. Brown on education, health and human services, and public pension policy issues.

Through the governor’s office, she had the opportunity to work with SVP Dooley, Executive Vice President Nathan Brostrom, Provost Aimee Dorr and other OP leadership on higher education issues of interest to the governor. She said she looks forward to her new role, working directly within education to address issues like declining funding, maintaining tuition levels and online education.

“UC is such a revered institution, but it is now under so many pressures,” Henderson said. “I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work inside the university to help meet these challenges.”

Henderson served as a special assistant attorney general from 2008 to 2010, when Brown was attorney general. In that role she acted as liaison to the deputy attorneys general, specifically in the areas of consumer protection, pension abuses, conflicts of interest and board governance, prison health care and criminal appeals.

In 2010, she worked on a small team of staff helping to transition Governor-elect Brown into office. Priorities included identifying critical policy issues, interviewing and making recommendations for candidates for key appointments and helping to build the governor’s office staff.

Prior to her public service, Henderson also worked for GAP Inc. in various roles, including as a vice president and associate general counsel. She holds a J.D. from Santa Clara University and a B.A. in government from the University of Notre Dame.

Henderson is located in 12302 Franklin and can be reached at 510-987-9195 or

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