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Office of Government Relations

Our Mission

The Office of Government Relations’ mission is to represent Virginia Tech before federal and state government officials and agencies.

About Us

The Executive Director of Government Relations leads the Office of Government Relations and reports directly to the President of the university.  The Office of Government Relations is organizationally located within the Office of the President

Strategically located in Northern Virginia, Richmond, and Blacksburg, Virginia Tech’s government relations team has decades of experience in federal and state government relations and in higher education.

In addition to representing the university before federal and state government officials and agencies, the Office of Government Relations closely monitors legislation and agency actions, facilitates interactions with university administrators and faculty in support of university initiatives, and cultivates relationships with elected and appointed officials to keep them informed on issues and initiatives important to the university and higher education.  The Office of Government Relations also coordinates campus visits by government officials to inform them of the university's research, educational programs, and priorities.

Interactions with government officials and university positions on legislation and issues are governed by university policy.  To learn more about our policies and procedures, please visit our Policies page or contact us at (540) 231-7111. . 

Executive Director of Government Relations

Christopher Yianilos
900 N. Glebe Road, Suite 2-316
Arlington, VA 22203
(540) 231-7111 
chrisyianilos@vt.edu

Director of State Relations

Elizabeth Hooper
11 South 12th Street, Suite 202
Richmond, Virginia 23219
(804) 786-1604 
ehooper@vt.edu

Assistant Director of Government and Community Relations

David Baker
601 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(571) 481-7612
davidab7@vt.edu

Assistant Director of Government Relations

Rebekah Gunn
Burruss Hall, Room 219
800 Drillfield Drive 
(540) 231-0852 
rbgunn@vt.edu

Special Assistant for State Government Relations

Caroline Buscaglia
11 South 12th Street, Suite 202
Richmond, Virginia 23219
(804) 786-8110 
bcarol1@vt.edu

Administrative Assistant

Christine McCann
Burruss Hall, Room 219
800 Drillfield Drive
(540) 231-7111 
cimccann@vt.edu