About Us

Government and Community Relations coordinates the University of Oregon's legislative and advocacy efforts at the federal, state, and local levels. Our mission is to build and strengthen relationships with the university's constituencies and encourage investment in and support for the university, its programs, and its initiatives.

Tim Inman, University Secretary and Vice President of Government and Community Relations, leads the Office of Government and Community Relations.

Federal Affairs coordinates the activities of the university on matters relating to the federal government and Congress. Staff members develop and implement the university's federal agenda, monitor federal legislation, programs, and proposals, assess potential implications and opportunities, and serve as the liaison between the university and members of the Oregon congressional delegation, congressional committees, and federal agencies (working closely with the UO Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation).

State Affairs coordinates the activities of the university on matters relating to its state financial support and legislative priorities. Staff members serve as the liaison to the Higher Education Coordinating Commission and Oregon Legislature and monitor legislative and policy initiatives. 

Community Relations serves as the liaison between the community and the university. The mission of this unit is to foster good relations and open communication with local governments, surrounding neighborhoods, civic and community-based organizations, and the local business community. Staff members monitor local ordinances, programs, and proposals, and direct the university's engagement in local community events and activities.

Advocacy, sponsorships and intergovernmental relations coordinates UO Advocates, a nonpartisan education and advocacy program with a mission of mobilizing alumni, students, and other friends of the UO on behalf of UO’s state, federal and local-level priorities, works to raise awareness directly with stakeholders and policymakers about the positive impact that UO and public higher education have on Oregon’s communities, economy, civic and cultural life, and natural resources, and promotes university involvement in signature community events through sponsorship and collaboration with event organizers.


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