The primary role of Government Relations is to advocate on behalf of Michigan State University by building and promoting positive relationships with federal, state, and local policymakers and stakeholders to ensure legislative funding and policy initiatives reflect the needs of the university. 

As external liaison for one of the top 100 research universities in the world, Government Relations is committed to connecting world-class expertise to policymakers at all levels of government, aiding in their work to enhance Michigan’s economic vitality and quality of life. For detailed information about MSU’s programs and initiatives throughout the state, visit MI Spartan Impact.

Are you planning to visit the State Capitol or D.C. - be sure to visit our engaging with state and federal government guidelines. 

Office of Government Relations
Michigan State University
426 Auditorium Road
Hannah Administration Building, Room 484
East Lansing, MI 48824-1046

Phone: (517) 353-9000


Government Relations Office Staff

Katie John
Interim Vice President

Janine Bellamy
Office Manager - D.C. Office

Jacob Courville
Director for Federal Relations

Lori Dahlstrom
Executive Assistant

Janet Lillie
Assistant Vice President for Community Relations 

Jeremy Reuter
Director for Statewide Advocacy

Charles Rivers
Director for Community Relations for Southeast Michigan

Marina Scott
Executive Staff Assistant

Sarah Walter
Associate Vice President for Federal Relations