State Affairs


Oregon State Capitol Building

State Relations coordinates the activities of the university on matters relating to legislative consideration of the state budget and policy issues. Staff members serve as the liaison to the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, other executive branch agencies, and the Oregon Legislature, monitoring legislative and policy initiatives. They also manage the university's advocacy program and staff legislative committees of the UO Foundation Board of Trustees and UO Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Trent Lutz is the associate vice president for state affairs.

Joe Erickson is the director of advocacy and policy.

Courtney Westling is the senior director of public relations and community engagement for the Ballmer Institute for Children's Behavioral Health.
Related publications:

Oregon Public Universities 2024 Unified Agenda - January 2024

Semiconductors, Advanced Materials, and Devices: Accelerating Workforce Development and Research - December 2023

HB 4151: Expanding the Youth Behavioral Health Workforce -  February 2024

HB 4154: Oregon Semiconductor Coalition - February 2024