The University of Chicago’s Office of Federal Relations, located in the heart of Washington, D.C., supports the work of the University by identifying or creating opportunities to promote University interests to the White House, executive branch agencies, members of Congress, and other national opinion leaders and stakeholders.
Areas in which the Office of Federal Relations provides support include science and innovation-related funding and legislation, University of Chicago Medical Center issues, urban-related research and community engagement, national laboratories funding and policy, and international education (Title VI) policy.
How We Help the University
Supporting the University Community
Identifying sources of federal funding
Influencing policy debates
Elevating ideas to a national level
Opportunities We Can Facilitate
- Participating in advocacy meetings with members of Congress and their staffs
- Testifying at congressional hearings and briefings
- Joining executive branch advisory groups and task forces
- Actively engaging in White House convening
- Meeting with opinion leaders in Washington, D.C.
- Speaking at national forums
- Hosting policymakers and other opinion leaders on campus
The office building has a rooftop deck with a scenic view that can be reserved for University of Chicago events and functions gratis. Maximum capacity is 200 people. The rooftop space is available for use from April to October, 4-10 p.m., with approval from the building management. The rooftop deck and private visitor facilities can be used for functions consistent with the University’s stated purposes and applicable law.
We can also help with securing venues, catering, and speakers in Washington, with sufficient lead-time.
While we do our best to accommodate all requests, certain periods are busier than others. Please reserve the offices and event space through Kellie Mullarkey well ahead of time when possible. Please contact her at email@example.com or call 202-461-3481.
1730 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC, 20006
Directions from Public Transit
We are less than a five-minute walk from the Farragut West Metro Station, which serves the Blue and Orange lines, and Farragut North which serves the Red Line. From the station, walk south on 17th Street NW toward I Street NW. Turn right at Pennsylvania Ave NW. Our office is on the left.
Find metro schedules and information on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority website.
Meet the Team
Senior Associate Vice President for Federal Relations, Office of Federal Relations
Trudy leads the Washington, D.C.-based Office of Federal Relations and represents the University in policy discussions that bear on key University activities, including research funding, student aid, and health care. She also supports faculty and students who engage in policy matters.
Prior to joining the University of Chicago in February 2013, Trudy spent 26 years on Capitol Hill, working for three U.S. Senators, including as chief of staff for Sen. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico. Trudy graduated from Duke University and received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Maryland.
Associate Vice President, Office of Federal Relations
With 25 years of public policy and government relations experience, Matt helps lead the University’s efforts to engage federal policymakers on policy and funding issues impacting university-based science research, higher education, academic medical center policy, and the University’s role in the management of Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and the Marine Biological Laboratory. His previous positions include serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Senate Liaison at the Department of Energy during the Clinton Administration, and seven years on the staff of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee. Matt has a master’s degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a B.A. in economics from Clark University.
Assistant Vice President for Urban Affairs, Office of Federal Relations
An experienced civil rights lawyer, urban advocate and political strategist, Alaina came to the University from The Raben Group, a public policy and advocacy firm in Washington, D.C. She also served as Associate Director for the first-ever White House Office of Urban Affairs during the first term of the Obama Administration. Alaina graduated from Stanford University and the University of Michigan Law School.
Kate Von Holle
Senior Director, Federal Research Development, Office of Federal Relations
Office Administrator, Office of Federal Relations