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Local Government Relations

 Vanderbilt's Role in Local Government

Vanderbilt's Office of Local Government Relations strives to tell the Vanderbilt story effectively to Metro Councilmembers as we successfully advance our legislative and administrative priorities. Through our proactive engagement, we seek to expand and strengthen partnerships with local and community leaders to positively impact metro policy. We work to foster relationships with local policymakers on important issues affecting higher education and local governance while serving as Vanderbilt’s voice on legislative and regulatory matters.

Important Resources


Vanderbilt's City Council Members


Local Government Relations Staff

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Alfred Degrafinreid II

Associate Vice Chancellor
for Community Relations

(615) 343-0556


Mary Pat Teague

Associate Director
Community and Local Government

(615) 322-8337

VanderbiltLocal Monthly Update - Local Government Relations


ON THE HILL is a biannual report summarizing year-to-date activity at all three levels of government, as outlined by representatives from our Offices of Federal Relations, State Government Relations, and Local Government Relations. 

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ON THE HILL - Issue 3 - Agust 2019   ON THE HILL - Issue 2 - February 2019   ON THE HILL - Issue 1 - September 2018 (Inaugural Issue)    


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Other Government Relations Offices at Vanderbilt

Federal Government Relations
Christina West, Associate Vice Chancellor for Federal Relations

State Government Relations
Daniel Culbreath, Assistant Vice Chancellor for State Government Relations



Vanderbilt University supports the nonpartisan initiative - Project Register - created by Congressman Jim Cooper (D-TN05) and State Senator Steve Dickerson (R-Nashville) to increase voter registration in Middle Tennessee.
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