As George Mason University is making its mark as a great university of a new and necessary kind, evolving every day to meet changing needs and deliver an education of relevance, the Government and Community Relations (GCR) 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.
Externally, the GCR office is the primary contact for federal, state, and local government as well as individuals, business and community organizations that seek involvement with Mason. Internally, the office provides guidance and assistance for faculty, staff, and students when they want to engage with government officials, community leaders, and business organizations.
There are currently three sub-teams within Government and Community Relations who have a collaborative relationship with our stakeholders:
Federal Government Relations:
The Director of Federal Government Relations advances Mason’s priorities on Capitol Hill and in the Federal Agencies by cultivating relationships with the Virginia Congressional delegation and facilitating important opportunities for Mason researchers with key federal funding agencies. The Director works closely with Virginia universities, higher education associations, professional and scientific societies, and industry trade associations in Washington to enhance Mason’s reputation and maintain robust Federal support.
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, the Department of General Services 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 multi-jurisdictional 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.