Federal Relations

MSU’s Washington, D.C. office represents the priorities of the university in the nation’s capital. The Government Relations team works with federal policy makers by leveraging the expert resources on campus to impact federal legislation, regulations, and policies that could affect MSU. Our presence in Washington also elevates the visibility of MSU’s global presence in research and program initiatives to federal policy makers.

Sarah Walter
Associate Vice President – Washington, D.C., Office

Assistant: Janine Bellamy (202) 434-8001

Walter leads the MSU Washington D.C. office, representing the university before Congress and the Executive Branch.  Her role also involves working on collaborative initiatives related to higher education federal issues with other leading universities and policy stakeholders. More


Jacob Courville
Director for Federal Relations – Washington, D.C., Office

Assistant: Janine Bellamy (202) 434-8001

Courville is responsible for covering a number of issues that affect the university, including biomedical research, education, agriculture, energy, environment, and tax issues. More

Current issues that impact the university in Washington range from agriculture research, funding for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), and graduate medical education to visa policies for international students and faculty.