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. . 

Arlington Office

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

Blacksburg Office

D'Elia Chandler
Assistant Director of Government Relations
Burruss Hall, Room 219
800 Drillfield Drive
(540) 231-0852 
delia3@vt.edu

Christine McCann

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

Richmond Office

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

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