State Government Relations

The Office of State Government Relations, working directly with the university’s Government Relations Council, represents the university administration’s positions in Richmond during the General Assembly and throughout the year with key stakeholders. In addition, the Office monitors legislative issues and activities in Richmond and communicates information to appropriate university officials. The Office of State Government Relations:

  • Represents the university’s position on state governmental issues to state officials
  • Monitors and tracks legislative and state activities during the General Assembly session
  • Communicates information to university officials and the community on significant state and legislative matters
  • Educates the university community about state relations and key legislative issues that may interest or impact Mason faculty and staff
  • Assists legislators in working in partnership with the university on important issues impacting the Commonwealth of Virginia

Guidelines for Public Testimony and Communication with State Officials

Members of the University Community are asked to keep these Guidelines for Public Testimony in mind when they choose to communicate with state officials. These policies have been approved by University Administration as well as both the Faculty and Staff Senates. Please contact Mark Smith with questions you may have.

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Mark Smith, Executive Director
State Government Relations

Lauren Posey, Associate Director
State Government Relations

George Mason University
Richmond Office:
Located in the Credit Union House
of Virginia
108 N 8th Street, Suite 207
Richmond, VA 23219
Office: 804-786-2217