Federal Relations

Contact the Office of Federal Relations

Federal Relations
444 N Capitol St, Suite 418
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-624-1420
Fax: 202-624-1429

Christy D. Gullion
Christy serves as the chief DC advocate for the University of Washington. She has nearly two decades of experience working for a variety of federal, state, and local agencies, and was appointed director of federal relations for the UW in February 2009. Most recently, Christy served as director of federal relations for Washington2Advocates, a government affairs consulting firm, where she was responsible for managing lobbying strategies for multiple and diverse clientele (including the University of Washington), as well as building and maintaining successful relationships with members of Congress and their staff.

Prior to her work in the private sector, Christy served as northwest Washington director for U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, chief of staff to King County Council member Bob Ferguson and as a legislative analyst for U.S. Rep. Brian Baird. Christy holds a bachelor’s degree (Education) from Central Washington University and an M.P.A. from The Evergreen State College.

Sarah Martin Castro
Associate Director

Sarah joined the OFR team in July 2011 as Associate Director. Sarah comes to the UW family after several years as the government relations officer for the University of Missouri System. She has worked on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Director for a House member of the Missouri federal delegation and as a lobbyist at Mercury Public Affairs – a lobby and public relations firm in DC – where she counseled high-profile clients regarding complex legislative, regulatory, and reputational issues. She has in-depth experience with a number of policy issues including energy, telecommunications, education, and many others.  She received a JD from the University of Kansas and BA degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

McKinzie Strait
Federal Relations Associate

McKinzie joined the Office of Federal Relations in January 2014. She is responsible for coordinating office administrative duties and provides support for the UW’s overall legislative program. Among other things, she is responsible for scheduling appointments on Capitol Hill, contributing to Federal Relations communications to campus, monitoring legislation and hearings, and submitting the University’s quarterly lobbying reports.

Originally from Spokane, McKinzie graduated from the University of Washington in fall of 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. During her time at UW, she studied abroad in the Czech Republic with the CHID Department, spent two quarters working in the State House of Representatives as a legislative intern, and was active in Greek life. Professionally, she has experience in corporate communications, as a legislative assistant in the State Legislature, and on an external affairs team at a local community college.