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District Government Relations

The George Washington University works closely with the government of the District of Columbia to not only promote our community-based interests but also to inform local policy with cutting-edge innovations and ideas. We hold regular briefings for our city leaders to share our expertise and advice on pressing local issues.

As the University’s most effective ambassadors, GW students cultivate relationships in the local government, too. Each year on “D.C. Government Day,” GW student leaders undergo training on the district’s history, culture, politics and issues and then visit the offices of the mayor, city council and our member of Congress. These meetings not only afford personal introductions but they lead to opportunities for internships, community service and even careers in city government.

Policy Expertise & Testimony

As an institution deeply invested in the district’s welfare, the George Washington University marshals its expertise to comment on proposed laws and regulations and to help shape the polices and programs that benefit every D.C. citizen.

Our faculty members are at the forefront of their fields and frequently contribute their policy expertise and testimony to legislative committees and regulatory bodies. 

Contact the Office of Government and Community Relations

2121 Eye St, NW, Suite 501
Washington, DC 20052
Office: (202) 994-9132
Fax: (202) 994-3622

Renee McPhatter
Assistant Vice President
rmcphatt@gwu.edu

Dr. Bernard Demczuk
Assistant Vice President for District Relations
bdemczuk@gwu.edu

David Baker
Director of Virginia Relations
dbaker86@gwu.edu

Britany Waddell
Director of Community Relations
bwaddell@gwu.edu

Richard Livingstone
Assistant Director of Community Relations
rliving@gwu.edu

Alison McDougal
Executive Associate
allymcd@gwu.edu