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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 The State University of New York communications and marketing to all audiences and develops quality, consistent messaging that supports 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 (RPI). 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 was Director of Corporate Relations for the NYS Higher Education Services Corporation and held multiple positions in the NYS Office of the Governor, serving 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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