Allison Newman

Senior Advisor for External Affairs and Government Relations

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Allison Newman was appointed Senior Advisor for External Affairs and Government Relations in October 2017. In this role, she oversees SUNY communications and marketing to all audiences and works closely with all 64 campuses to ensure quality, collaborative messages that support the mission and vision of SUNY. She is responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing advocacy, outreach and collaboration at the local, state, and federal levels.

She has spent her career in New York State public service and higher education, most recently serving as Associate Vice President of External Relations and Administration at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. During her 15 year tenure at RPI, she also served as Acting Vice President of Strategic Communications and External Relations, Assistant Vice President for Government and Community Relations, and Director of Community Relations. While at RPI, she developed programs and strategies that helped the university stand as a national leader in research and education, and developed key partnerships within the community and government to compound the impact of the university’s work. Prior to RPI she served as Director of Corporate Relations for the NYS Higher Education Services Corporation and in the executive chamber in the NYS Office of the Governor under both Governors Mario Cuomo and George Pataki.

Ms. Newman received her B.A in economics and legal studies from Wheaton College.

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