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 from the congressional staff of Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), former Chief Deputy Whip and a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Melissa interned for Rep. Roskam during college, then after graduation, served as the front office ambassador, supervised the internship program, managed the Congressman's large constituent mail operation, and ultimately advised Rep. Roskam on a variety of legislative issues important to the U of I, including higher education, agriculture, and immigration.
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, which includes three campuses in Chicago, Springfield, and Urbana-Champaign. Melissa represents the university in higher education associations, including the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), and The Science Coalition.