Elizabeth Hooper currently serves as Virginia Tech's Associate Vice President for Government and Community Relations and is based in Richmond, VA. Previously, Elizabeth served as Director of State Government Relations. Before joining the Office of the President in 2010, she completed her Master of Public Administration and Public Affairs at Virginia Tech while working simultaneously as Virginia Tech’s General Assembly Fellow for the 2008 Legislative Session.
As Virginia Tech's Associate Vice President of Government and Community Relations, Elizabeth communicates the University's priorities to Virginia's executive and legislative branches while also communicating governmental priorities and opportunities back to campus leadership. She works with university officials to develop and coordinate strategies on a broad array of state government issues, including the University’s budget priorities and requests. Most recently, Elizabeth helped to secure Virginia Tech’s participation and funding in the Commonwealth’s higher education package for Amazon’s HQ2, and Virginia Tech’s capital resources for the Innovation Campus in Alexandria, VA.
Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Elizabeth served in a variety of roles for a number of Virginia elected officials, including then Governor Tim Kaine, Virginia Delegate and Minority Leader Ward Armstrong, Virginia Delegate Jim Shuler, and Congressman Virgil Goode.
In addition to being an active alumna of Virginia Tech, Elizabeth is a 2006 graduate of Radford University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.
She grew up in Southside, Virginia and developed a love for politics at a very young age. Elizabeth enjoys running, kick boxing, baking, American Revolutionary War history, and all things Virginia. She and her husband, Jimmy, reside in Richmond, VA.