Office of Governmental Relations

IL state Capitol building and the Washington Monument in DC

The Governmental Relations office (OGR) serves as the University of Illinois liaison to members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation, the Illinois General Assembly, the Office of the Governor, agencies of the federal and state governments, key local officials, and major higher education associations.

Federal relations staff work in Washington, DC, on behalf of the University of Illinois.

State relations are coordinated by a staff member who spends much of her time in Springfield.

Staff

Lindsay Anderson, Executive Director

Lindsay is the Executive Director of the Office of Governmental Relations (OGR). OGR serves as the University of Illinois liaison to members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation, the Illinois General Assembly, the Office of the Governor, agencies of the federal and state governments, key local officials, and major higher education associations. Lindsay joined the University of Illinois in March of 2016. Before joining the U of I, she worked as an attorney and vice president for McGuire Woods. Anderson also served as Chair of the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the State Universities Retirement System of Illinois from 2013 - 2016. Lindsay is a native of Champaign and a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, but she now calls Chicago home. Click here to read her full bio.

 

Jennifer Creasey, Director of State Relations

Jennifer Creasey joined the University of Illinois in March 2014, recently stepping into the role of Director of State Relations. Jennifer represents the University in both the Capitol and the community to advance its priorities. She is also responsible for outreach, state legislative advocacy efforts, strategic partnerships, and management or relationships around the state. Through this work, she works very closely with the U of I legislative caucus and U of I alumni throughout the state. Click here to read her full bio.


Melissa Haas, Acting Director of Federal Relations
 
A native of Medinah, IL, and a proud alumna of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Melissa joined the federal relations team in May 2013. Prior to that, she worked on Capitol Hill. She assumed the role of Acting Director of Federal Relations in March of 2015, and as such, is responsible for the federal advocacy agenda for the University of Illinois System. She works closely with the United States Congress, the Administration, and federal agencies to advance the U of I System's interests in the nation's capital. Click here to read her full bio. 

 

 

Click here to read the 2016 Office of Governmental Relations annual report.