Government Relations

We facilitate relationships with our Congressional delegation for Dartmouth's employees and students, and serve as a resource to elected officials and representatives of federal agencies. Through collaboration with other universities and educational associations, we work to advance national goals critical to research universities, including policies and funding that affect research, student financial aid, immigration and philanthropic giving.

Dartmouth Government Relations Contacts

We are happy to support Dartmouth faculty, students and staff planning to contact the New Hampshire delegation around issues important to their work or with meeting requests.

Emma Wolfe
Vice President of Government and Community Relations
Phone: 603-646-2227

Emily Burlij
Director of Federal Relations

Heather Drinan
Senior Advisor to the Vice President of Government and Community Relations; Director of State Government Relations and Community Outreach
Phone: 603-646-6472

Kristel Ay
Executive Assistant

State and Local Government

Our office is the primary liaison between Dartmouth and the New Hampshire state government. We track and influence legislation that could impact our students, employees, research or operations, as well as topics that concern the Upper Valley community as a whole.

We also provide support to policymakers when requested or on items of mutual interest by engaging our experts and resources to produce testimony, participate on committees and commissions, and conduct research of use to state decision makers.


Executive Branch

Governor Chris Sununu

State of New Hampshire Executive Council


Legislative Branch

New Hampshire State Senate

New Hampshire State House of Representatives


Local Government

Town of Hanover, NH


Lobbying and Political Activities - Dartmouth's Policy Statement

  • Association of American Universities (AAU)
    • The Association of American Universities is composed of America's leading research universities. AAU's 66 research universities transform lives through education, research, and innovation.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
    • The AAAS seeks to advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people.
  • Council on Government Relations (COGR)
    • COGR is an association of leading research universities, affiliated medical centers, and independent research institutes; an authority on the financial and regulatory infrastructure, and the corresponding compliance requirements associated with managing federal research grants and contracts within research institutions
  • American Council on Education (ACE)
    • The American Council on Education (ACE) is a membership organization that mobilizes the higher education community to shape effective public policy and foster innovative, high-quality practice.
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)
    • NAICU is the national organization solely focused on representing private, nonprofit higher education on public policy issues in Washington, D.C.  
  • National Academy of Sciences (NAS)
    • The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provide independent, objective advice to inform policy with evidence, spark progress and innovation, and confront challenging issues for the benefit of society.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
    • The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965 and is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States.
  • The Science Coalition (TSC)
    • The Science Coalition is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of more than 50 of the nation's leading public and private research universities dedicated to sustaining the federal government's investment in fundamental scientific research as a means to stimulate the economy, spur innovation and drive American competitiveness. See the economic impact of federally funded university research in your state and read the full report.