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Federal Relations

The Office of Government Relations monitors federal activity with respect to higher education and works closely with the Virginia Congressional delegation on research opportunities and other issues of importance to the university. National issues are addressed in cooperation with Washington organizations such as the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.

The office coordinates all presentations to Congressional offices, Congressional committees, and letters and electronic communications to federal elected officials their staffs on behalf of the University concerning policy or funding issues. Requests for meetings with Members of Congress or with Congressional staff to discuss funding requests or policies affecting the University must be coordinated with the Office of Government Relations.  In the event that University faculty or staff is contacted by a Member of Congress or Congressional staff to testify before a Congressional committee or otherwise engage with the Congress with regard to their personal and/or professional expertise, such faculty and staff should notify and coordinate with the Office of Government Relations.  Faculty and staff must note that their testimonies do not represent the official position of the University, unless otherwise authorized by the President. 

 



Contact Us

Arlington Office

Christopher Yianilos
Executive Director of Government Relations
900 N. Glebe Road, Suite 2-316
Arlington, VA 22203
540-231-7111 (Office)
540-231-2337 (Fax)
chrisyianilos@vt.edu

Blacksburg Office

D'Elia Chandler
Assistant Director of Government Relations
Burruss Hall, Room 219
800 Drillfield Drive
540-231-7111 (Phone)
540-231-2337 (Fax)
delia3@vt.edu

Ralph Byers
Advisor to Government Relations
Burruss Hall, Room 219
800 Drillfield Drive
540-231-7111 (Phone)
540-231-2337 (Fax)
byers@vt.edu

Margie Murray
Special Events Coordinator
Burruss Hall, Room 219
800 Drillfield Drive
540-231-5637 (Phone)
540-231-2337 (Fax)
mbmurray@vt.edu

Christine McCann
Administrative Assistant
Burruss Hall, Room 219
800 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
540-231-7111 (Phone)
540-231-2337 (Fax)
cimccann@vt.edu

Richmond Office

Elizabeth Hooper
Director of State Relations
11 South 12th Street, Suite 202
Richmond, Virginia 23219
804-786-1604 (Phone)
804-786-0590 (Fax)
ehooper@vt.edu

Nancy Hagen
Administrative Staff Assistant
11 South 12 th Street, Suite 202
Richmond, Virginia 23219
804-786-8110 (Phone)
804-786-0590 (Fax)
nhagen@vt.edu