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  • Christopher Carter, Associate Vice President for Government Relations, Lehigh University

    Christopher C. Carter is associate vice president for Government Relations at Lehigh University, an independent non-profit university located in Bethlehem, PA. Based in Washington, DC, Chris manages Lehigh’s federal and state government relations program, serving as the connection point between administrators, faculty, and students, and state and federal agencies and officials. Chris monitors legislative policies and program funding impacting Lehigh’s research and academic programs.

    Prior to his current position, Chris was legislative director for research in the Office of Federal Governmental Relations for the University of California, where he directed the ten-campus system’s federal relations on research policy, specializing in energy, climate, environmental, transportation and space programs. In this role, he managed relationships with federal agencies and Congress to achieve a unified university policy agenda, and developed strategic messaging on university priorities like carbon neutrality and management support of the DOE Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

    Before then, Chris was associate director of Government Affairs at Princeton University, where he directed federal relations on research policy and budgets, with an emphasis on innovation programs, STEM education, intellectual property and the work of the DOE Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.

    Earlier in his career, Chris served for eight years on Capitol Hill working for three separate members of Congress from California. His most recent role was legislative director for Rep. William Baker, where among other things, he focused his time on the congressman’s science and technology and transportation portfolios.

    Chris is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

  • Ellyn Perrone, Senior Associate Vice President for Research, University of Texas, Austin

    For nearly three decades, Ellyn Perrone has served in governmental relations for nationally known universities. Perrone, the Senior Associate Vice President for Research and Federal relations at The University of Texas at Austin, was appointed to her current position in 2005. Her work focuses on raising UT Austin’s national profile, increasing funding from federal agencies and Congress, and all policy issues impacting higher education. Prior to her position at UT Austin, she served as the inaugural Vice President for Government Relations at The Ohio State University where she created the division of Government Relations and opened Ohio State’s first Washington DC office. She began her career in governmental relations at Texas A&M University, where she worked in a number of roles before becoming Vice President for Governmental Affairs.

    Perrone learned firsthand the importance and impact of governmental policies in her decade spent working as a social worker for the State of Texas in the area of child abuse and neglect. Ellyn is a native of Bryan, Texas, and received her undergraduate degree as a double major in psychology & social and rehabilitation services from Stephen F. Austin University, and her master’s degree in public administration from Texas A&M University.

  • Dr. Anna Quider, Assistant Vice President for Federal Relations, Northern Illinois University

    Dr. Anna Quider leads federal policy strategy and advocacy at Northern Illinois University as the Assistant Vice President for Federal Relations and founder of the NIU office in Washington, D.C. Previously, she worked to improve local and global communities through international cooperation by supporting U.S. Department of State policies and programming at the intersection of science, innovation, and diplomacy. Dr. Quider has also developed strategies to address local, national, and international issues spanning education, science, innovation, and foreign affairs for the Office of Rep. Russ Carnahan, U.S. House of Representatives. Dr. Quider holds a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Cambridge, where she studied as a Marshall Scholar and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, and a BS in Physics and Astronomy and a BA in Religious Studies and the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh.
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/annaquider/
    Twitter: @AQuider
    Website: https://www.niu.edu/divresearch/federal-relations/index.shtml

  • Sarah Spreitzer, Director for Governmental Relations, American Council on Education

    Sarah Spreitzer represents ACE and its members on matters related to research policy and funding, federal policy, international students, immigration, and legislative issues.

    Before joining ACE, Spreitzer held senior positions in higher education advocacy at the University of Missouri System, Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, and the University of Washington’s Office of Federal Relations. At the University of Missouri System, she served as the director of federal relations, working to connect system and campus leadership, as well as faculty and staff, with congressional offices and key science and education agencies to influence federal policy, inform the university of federal opportunities, and position the university within emerging federal initiatives. At Lewis-Burke, she represented an array of public and private institutions of higher education before Congress and the federal agencies, including the University of Illinois System, the University of Southern California, the University of Virginia, and the University of Cincinnati. Before coming to Lewis-Burke, Spreitzer served as the assistant director of the University of Washington’s Office of Federal Relations, where she focused on federal student aid policy and funding, and advocacy efforts with federal science agencies.

    Spreitzer has held leadership positions within the higher education community, including chairing working groups on higher education for the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU. In addition, she has served as the vice chair of the AAU Council on Federal Relations steering committee and the co-chair of the APLU Council of Government Affairs.

    Spreitzer received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Beloit College in Wisconsin and a master’s degree in medieval studies from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She is a founding board member of the Creative Minds International Public Charter School, a growing charter school in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, DC.

January 28, 2021
Thu 1:00 PM EST

Duration 1H 0M

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