Jennifer Hatfield has nearly 20 years of legislative and regulatory experience and is currently the Vice President, Government Affairs & Codes, for the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA). She spent the last 10 years working as the managing member of J. Hatfield & Associates, PL, a government consulting business based out of Rockledge, Florida.
Jennifer has represented the pool & spa industry since 2006, first as the Florida Swimming Pool Association In-house Government Relations Director and then as their Government Relations Consultant from August 2010 – September 2018. She began working for the national trade association, PHTA (formerly the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals), in 2008. She previously provided consulting work for the National Swimming Pool Foundation, now part of PHTA.
Jennifer’s work for the pool & spa industry encompasses the federal, state and local level and includes: analyzing and monitoring legislation and regulatory rulemaking; lobbying legislative and regulatory bodies; drafting amendments, petitions for declaratory statements, public comments and various other documents; and specializing in state and national building code processes, code proposal submittals and national consensus standard processes as well as energy efficiency and construction contractor issues. In addition, she has experience in providing grassroots advocacy development with trade associations and advisement on political action committees and their decisions on supporting candidates for elected office. She also has taught code and licensure classes to Florida contractors and speaks to groups on advocacy best practices.
Her love of water began as a child growing up in Virginia, where she was a frequent visitor to the neighborhood pool. This led to her becoming an American Red Cross lifeguard, water safety instructor and lifeguard instructor, as well as a Certified Pool Operator.
Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the College of William & Mary and is a graduate of the Frederic G. Levin College of Law at the University of Florida. She is a member of the Florida Bar and previously worked at the Florida Legislature as a committee attorney for the Florida House of Representatives. Prior to moving to Florida, Jennifer worked for the National Republican Senatorial Committee in Washington, D.C.
Julie Lopiccolo, Esq. is the Co-Founder and President of The Jasper Ray Foundation for Drowning Prevention and Child Safety. Julie and her husband Jonathan formed the 501(c)3 Public Charity after the loss of their 21 month old son Jasper, who drowned when his babysitter took him to a home with an unfenced pool. The Jasper Ray Foundation works to inspire the community to TAKE ACTION to protect our children by fencing pools, implementing active and engaged water watchers, learning CPR and promoting early swim lessons for children.
Julie Lopiccolo recently served a two-year term as the Vice Chair of the OC Drowning Prevention Task Force and is currently a member of the drowning prevention planning committee for Safer California 2020. In 2017, Julie worked with a state wide task force to update the California Pool and Spa Safety Act which resulted in the passage of the updated law in 2018 to require two drowning prevention safety features in all residential pool/spa homes.
Julie Lopiccolo is a practicing attorney and partner at Cottle Keen Lopiccolo & Heyde located in Orange, California. Julie and her husband have two additional children, Luna and Archer, who have helped heal their hearts and give them the strength to continue to advocate for water safety in honor of Jasper.