Government and Community Relations - University of Florida

Government and Community Relations

The mission of the Office of Government & Community Relations is to inform, connect, advocate and promote UF. We advance and protect the image and reputation of the University of Florida and communicate to audiences throughout Florida, the nation and the world. We link the university to government, community and business leaders, alumni, students, faculty, employees, higher education colleagues and the Gator Nation.
Together we strive to create unparalleled opportunities to expand our education and research so that we can better the future for Florida, the nation, and the world.

What We Do

Community Relations

The UF Office of Community Relations is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with individuals, governments and the business communities within the North Central Florida region.  The office exists to serve as an information resource and a point of contact for the community and serves as the interface between the university and the community.  We identify and resolve issues of concern to the university and all sectors of the community, and we promote the university as a resource for the local region. The Office of Community Relations also oversees the annual $1 million campaign to benefit local charities.

State Relations

The Office of State Relations is located in Tallahassee, FL. It is tasked with building and protecting the President’s legislative budget priorities, monitoring legislation of importance to higher education, fostering relationships to serve as a point of resource for faculty, staff, and students as well as members of the Florida Legislature and state government agencies. The office connects UF faculty and staff to help solve state needs, and provides important constituent services to elected officials and other stakeholders to increase the visibility and impact of UF.

Federal Relations

The Office of Federal Relations (UFFR) is located in Washington, DC and its chief mission is to be an advocate for the interests of the University of Florida. UFFR represents the University’s faculty, students and staff before Congress, the Executive branch and the national higher education associations. We monitor and analyze federal legislation, regulations and policy. Drawing upon the resources of the University, UFFR seeks to engage and inform key stakeholders in Washington and identifies opportunities for UF to share its knowledge and expertise with the federal government. UFFR also serves as a resource for the UF communities on campus to share information and foster communications on federal matters.

Who We Are

Team Members

We are a dedicated team committed to directing the University's interactions at the local, state, and federal level to support all aspects of UF's educational, research, and public service missions.