Enhancing alumni engagement in DC
This past January, the Office of Governmental Relations (OGR) partnered with the University of Illinois Alumni Association to establish a “Hill Alumni Advisory Group” to provide U of I alumni working on Capitol Hill with a direct link to the University of Illinois and UI Alumni Association. Our overarching objective is to engage members of this group on federal advocacy initiatives, legislative events and activities in Washington. It is intended to provide an additional channel for alumni Hill staff to interact more closely with their Alma Mater.
We have held several events with the Hill Alumni Advisory Group. Most recently, on January 23rd, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Robert Jones met with DC alumni who are Capitol Hill staff and members of this group as well as government relations professionals who are members of a separate advisory group consisting of alumni representing corporations and lobbying firms, with similar goals. He shared university news and provided an overview of federal legislative priorities for 2018.