Vice President for Government Relations and External Affairs, Chief Legislative Officer
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Colleen Kerr was appointed the Vice President of External Affairs and Government Relations and Chief Legislative Officer for Washington State University in 2013 and reports directly to the University President. Colleen and her team engage constituents at the regional, state, and federal level to implement the university’s strategic plan in public policy and external relations. Working closely with the university’s top leaders, she helps align the university’s government relations initiatives to advance the social and economic vitality of the state and beyond. This includes developing strategic engagement to marshal the organizational strengths of WSU to partner effectively, and play a central role in addressing the regional, state, and national public policy needs. She also helps determine external institutional priorities, reaches out to public and private stakeholders, and increases engagement with thought leaders who care about the success of WSU and understand its intrinsic value through it’s land grant mission.
Prior to her role with WSU, Colleen served as Legislative Director for State Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown and Deputy Chief of Staff for the Senate Democratic Caucus in Washington State. She was also the Tribal Counsel for the Washington State House of Representatives and Solicitor for Human Rights Law in Belfast, Ireland. She holds a JD from the University of Washington, MA in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and Masters of Letters in International Security Studies from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Born and raised in eastern Washington, Colleen is an advocate of the arts as a member of the Seattle Art Museum Supporters, and supports women’s issues through her membership on the board of Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest.
Assistant to the Vice President of External Affairs and Government Relations
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Michele McCarver is assistant to the Vice President for External Affairs and Government Relations, and functions as a staff coordinator for the Department of Government Relations. Based in Pullman, Michele represents government relations on WSU’s main campus and coordinates meetings and events for the department across Washington state and in Washington, D.C. Michele first joined the government relations team as the assistant to the Director of Federal Relations in December 2005. Prior to that, Michele worked in the WSU Office of Research and the Graduate School.
Director of State Relations
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Chris was appointed the Director of Washington State University Office of State Relations and chief representative of Washington’s land grant institution to the Legislature in December 2010. The State Relations team he leads promotes the mission of the university and closely monitors relevant state-related legislative activity. The team, along with university leaders, engages the state’s elected leadership to advance understanding of how WSU’s core mission aligns with state priorities to produce the kind of well rounded, informed citizens that make communities strong and resilient, while providing for economic development, a well-prepared work force, and increasing economic and social well-being. The State Relations team also works to secure the resources needed to operate a top-tier research institution like WSU while fostering positive relationships and advancing effective partnerships to support the University’s core teaching, research and service mission. Chris and his team work collaboratively with community partners, policy makers, and the university to create and share knowledge that support the state of Washington and improve the lives of citizens.
Prior to joining the team at WSU, Chris was senior communications specialist in the Washington State Senate for two years where he helped develop communications strategies and provided written communications for both print and digital audiences. Before joining the Senate, Chris worked for 12 years as a reporter at the Tri-City Herald, 10 of them as its statehouse correspondent in Olympia. A proud graduate of Washington State University (’97), Chris received his bachelor’s degree in Communications.
Policy and Affairs Coordinator, WSU Office of State Relations
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Annie was appointed the Policy and Affairs Coordinator for the Washington State University Office of State Relations in 2014. She joined State Relations in 2011, supporting WSU’s state legislative program as the assistant to the Director. When the Legislature is in session, Annie tracks and analyzes bills that may affect the university, monitors committee hearings, and coordinates legislative appointments. Annie also compiles and submits the university’s quarterly state lobbying reports, and collaborates with WSU personnel to develop issue papers and background documents that support the legislative program while advancing knowledge of the social and economic benefits of the land-grant mission. Additionally, Annie helps identify key stakeholders and interested constituencies to assist the team and broader university in two-way communication through the development exchange, and application of knowledge, information, and expertise in the areas of public interest.
A graduate from Washington State University (’11), Annie received her degree in Communications.
Administrative Assistant, WSU Office of State Relations
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Heather Dykstra is the Administrative Assistant to the Washington State University Office of State Relations. She was hired on in 2014 to work directly with the State Relations team in managing schedules, coordinating travel, monitoring bills and committee hearings, updating the State Relations segment of Newsbeat, and performing general office duties.
Prior to her work in State Relations, Heather spent several years working as a Clerical Assistant in the Writing Assessment Office at Washington State University Vancouver.
Heather is also a graduate from Washington State University Vancouver, earning her bachelor’s degree in English (’09).
Director of Federal Relations
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Glynda Becker was appointed the Director of Washington State University Office of Federal Relations in 2012 and is based in Washington, D.C. WSU’s Federal Relations Office serves as liaison between WSU and members of Congress, their staffs, and executive branch agencies. The team promotes WSU research, education and outreach activities to demonstrate institutional alignment with key issues important to the delegation and administration, and to build awareness of WSU in Washington, D.C. Glynda develops effective stakeholder relationships to identify areas of confluence between public purposes, innovation, and the university’s research and academic capacity. Similar to our State Relations team, WSU Federal Relations works with lawmakers whose decisions are critical to higher education and research and represent constituents who work, learn and benefit from the University’s presence and partnerships; or count themselves among its alumni.
Glynda has diverse experience in policy work serving multiple clients based in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining WSU, Glynda worked at McBee Strategic, a consulting firm based in D.C., for six years where she offered policy and strategic communications counsel. Glynda began her career in Washington, D.C., working in the House of Representatives where she served three members over a span of more than seven years. She served as Legislative Director for former Minnesota Congressman Mark R. Kennedy (R-MN6) and on was on the staff for former Congressmen George Nethercutt (R-WA5) and Rick White (R-WA1). Prior to her time with McBee Strategic, Glynda served as staff in the President George W. Bush Administration in several capacities including the Department of Commerce, and various roles in the White House, working on issues important to the state of Washington.
Director of Regional Relations
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Marcia Garrett is the Director of Regional Relations for Washington State University, based
in WSU’s downtown Seattle offices. The role of Regional Relations is to raise WSU’s profile in the local community and highlight the university’s presence in counties and neighborhoods primarily throughout western Washington. Marcia works to build bridges between WSU, the community, and government entities by sharing the many resources and services of WSU and providing linkages, information, and assistance between the universities and private and public entities. She helps to identify shared educational and research goals between various stakeholders and WSU to advance higher education access, research that benefits the public good, and outreach that effectively meets regional needs.
Prior to her current role, Marcia was the Executive Director of WSU West, and worked on the WSU Pullman campus in Extended University Affairs. Before joining WSU, Marcia worked in policy and government affairs positions for Burlington Northern Inc., a corporate holding company headquartered in Seattle. She has experience in private and public sectors, and academia. Marcia holds a BA from Washington State University, and an MBA from the University of Washington.