As George Mason University focuses on being a university for the world, the Government and Community Relations team is responsible for developing productive, mutually-beneficial relationships with business and citizen community groups as well as advancing the university’s interests with federal, state, and local governments.
The Office of Government and Community Relations is the primary contact for federal, state, and local government as well as individuals, business and community organizations that seek involvement with Mason. There are currently three sub-teams within Government and Community Relations who have a collaborative relationship with our stakeholders:
Federal Government Relations:
The federal government relations team advances Mason’s priorities with the legislative branch on Capitol Hill and the executive branch with various agencies within the President’s Administration. The federal team regularly engages with the Virginia Congressional delegation and key federal agencies that are funders for grants and research at Mason. The team is active with various industry and higher education trade associations such as the American Council on Education, the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, and the Association of University Technology Managers.
State Government Relations:
The state government relations team represents the university administration’s positions in Richmond during the General Assembly and throughout the year with key stakeholders in the legislative branch and key decision makers including the Governor’s Office, the Department of Education, the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV), the Department of Planning and Budget among others.
Community and Local Government Relations:
The community relations team is responsible for representing the university to local governments, business and citizens groups. In particular, the team is responsible for tactical partnerships and relationship development, legislative process engagement, advocacy mobilization and regional economic development collaboration. The office communicates the university’s future plans and current goals and objectives to its various external communities, develops programs and information exchange opportunities between the university and its multiple constituencies, and promotes Mason’s services and resources to external audiences.
As you explore our website you will discover the variety of opportunities and collaborative relationships we provide. Our office is here to share the university’s many resources with individuals and groups in the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond. We look forward to working with you.