SUNY Government Relations

SUNY is the nation's most comprehensive system of public higher education, with 64 campuses, including 30 community colleges, 3 teaching hospitals, a law school, one of the world's leading fashion institute's, music and dance conservatories, and a partnership with a federal laboratory. Our campuses produce New York's workforce, as well as groundbreaking research in the fields of health, clean energy, semiconductor technology, and so much more. That begins with our students and faculty, and is made possible due to the close partnerships we share with federal, state, and local leaders and decision-makers.

The Office of Government Relations is the leading voice for advocacy on behalf of our campus communities. In recent years we have secured historic investment and, today, are proud to have the largest class of SUNY alumni serving in the New York State Legislature.

State Relations

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The Office of State Relations is responsible for the formulation of SUNY's state legislative program, state budget strategies, and policy issue development. The Office of State Relations heads up SUNY's advocacy efforts with the State Legislature, the Executive Branch, other state agencies and local governments.

Federal Relations

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The SUNY Office of Federal Relations, a component of the Office of Government Relations, is responsible for representing the interests of the University System and its 64 SUNY campuses before Congress and the federal government, and coordinates SUNY's response to federal legislation, fiscal matters, and policies of interest to SUNY. This office also works closely with scientific organizations, national associations and other higher education institutions to promote the nationwide goals and priorities of public colleges and universities.

Meet the Staff

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Will Schwartz
Vice Chancellor for Government Relations
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Angela Wright
Angela Wright
Associate Vice Chancellor of Government Relations
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Robert Anderson
Robert Anderson
Director of State Relations
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Jeff Cullen
Director of Federal Relations
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