Office of External Affairs

Government Relations

External Affairs

The Office of External Affairs brings together units responsible for influencing public policy and opinion, communicating about the university priorities, challenges and achievements and strengthening the university’s reputation and the perceptions people hold of it. Units include the offices responsible government and community relations at the federal, state, regional and Spokane/Eastern Washington levels, UW Video and an executive and administrative staff. The government relations teams advocate for the UW’s priorities, provide advice on legislative strategy, build and maintain relationships and raise awareness of emerging issues and opportunities. The Office of External Affairs also engages in vigorous outreach and engagement by hosting elected officials, staff and other key business and civic stakeholders on campus and at other UW locations throughout the state.

Contact: | 206-616-8965

Federal Relations

The Office of Federal Relations is located in Washington, D.C. where the staff represents the university to both legislative and executive branches of the federal government, participates in a variety of national forums and advocates for UW priorities. The office also serves as a portal for the federal government and national organizations to the UW and as an access point for UW leadership to the nation’s capital. Through regular reports and visits with campus personnel, the office provides information about national trends, opportunities and policy developments.

Contact: | 202-624-1420

State Relations

The Office of State Relations is located in Olympia and Seattle and works with state legislators, statewide elected officials and state agency officials to advance the university’s academic and legislative agenda. The office’s four main areas of responsibility include facilitating positive relationships with state government; advocating on behalf of the university; educating the campus community about state issues; and ensuring compliance with state public disclosure laws.

Contact: | 206-543-7604

Regional & Community Relations

The Office of Regional & Community Relations serves as a link between the university and its surrounding neighborhoods, civic groups and Central Puget Sound governments. The office strives to build collaborative relationships between these groups through information sharing, and continually seeks new opportunities to match the university’s academic capital with needs in the region and the local community.

Contact: | 206-616-8401

Spokane and Eastern Washington Relations

The Office of Spokane & Eastern Washington Relations represents the university to the government, business and civic communities in Spokane and throughout Eastern Washington. From medical , physician assistant and dental education in Spokane to numerous research and educational initiatives throughout Eastern Washington, the office aims to build and strengthen relationships across the region and seeks opportunities for new partnerships. Learn more about the UW Spokane Center.

Contact: | 509-838-8989