The Office of Government and Community Relations is focused on linking decision-makers with the assets and priorities of our institution and its affiliates. Our office is responsible for advancing the University’s interests and mission by serving as its principal voice at all levels of government and in the community.

We help coordinate the University’s legislative priorities, work to maintain relationships with elected and appointed officials, and partner with legislators and agencies on legislation or regulations that protect and enhance the missions and operations of the University. We are also proud to serve as an important gateway to the University for the surrounding community, connecting people with its resources and finding ways to enhance and continue our partnerships. If you ever have questions or thoughts you would like to share, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Staff Roles/Issue Areas:

Laurie Chiumento, Director, Federal Relations
Children’s Health (ex. SCHIP, CHGME)
Education – teacher certification, graduate and international education (federal and NYS)
Humanities (federal and NYS)
Health Workforce Issues (Title VII and Title VIII)
Memorial Art Gallery/Arts (federal and NYS)
Nursing (federal and NYS)
Student Aid (federal and NYS)
Veterans (federal and NYS)
Women’s Health Issues – federal
Casework and NYS Licensure Issues – surgeons, clinical lab technicians, dental faculty, etc.

Josh Farrelman, Associate Vice President, Office of Government and Community Relations
All Federal Issues
Economic Development
Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE)

Amy Happ, Assistant Vice President for State Relations
All NYS Issues unless noted otherwise above

Mike Kennerknecht, Economic Development Coordinator and Assistant Director of State Relations
Economic Development
Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council
Upstate Revitalization Initiative
Rochester Center of Excellence in Data Science
Center for Advanced Technology
High Tech Rochester
New York State Policy and Advocacy

Colleen McCarthy, Director, Local Government and Community Relations
Community Relations
Monroe County
City of Rochester
Monroe County Legislature
Rochester City Council

Janice Williams, Administrative Assistant