Government Relations


The Division of Government and Community Relations is responsible for the university’s advocacy work with all levels of government. 

What We Do

  • Ensure Vanderbilt has a seat at the table 
  • Set institutional priorities in consultation with campus leaders 
  • Communicate Vanderbilt’s position to elected and appointed officials
  • Keep campus informed of legislative or policy actions

Our Teams

Federal Relations

Based in Washington, D.C., Vanderbilt's Office of Federal Relations  advocates for federal legislation, regulations, and policy on behalf of Vanderbilt University.

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State Government Relations

The State Government Relations team seeks to expand and strengthen partnerships with state leaders to positively impact state policy and represents Vanderbilt University before the Tennessee General Assembly and state government.

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Local Government Relations

The Local Government Relations team works 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. 

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Vanderbilt's Impact on Your District

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Vanderbilt’s District Impact Report showcases the university’s economic, social and cultural contributions to communities across the state of Tennessee.

On the Hill

ON THE HILL is a biannual report produced by the Division of Government and Community Relations summarizing activity at all three levels of government, as outlined by the Vanderbilt Federal Relations, State Government Relations, and Local Government Relations teams.

Voter Resources

In partnership with TurboVote, Vanderbilt provides a resource for the community that enables voter registration and provides updates so voters can stay informed about election details.

Economic Development

Chancellor Daniel Diermeier joins representatives from Matt Kisber - Silicon Ranch Corporation, Jeanette Mills - Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Decosta Jenkins - Nashville Electric Service (NES), and Scott Spence - Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC) for the ceremonial groundbreaking on a new solar farm in Bedford County, Tennessee.

Vanderbilt works with local, state and regional government and corporate partners to advance strategic economic development initiatives. As a key partner in the community, we support the recruitment and growth of businesses to create new opportunities and a thriving community. Vanderbilt is invested in creating an innovation ecosystem in Nashville and Tennessee and we work to promote our region as a great place to do business.

As a leading research university, Vanderbilt plays a multifaceted role in driving innovation and economic growth by conducting research, transferring technology, educating a skilled workforce, supporting entrepreneurship, fostering collaboration and disseminating knowledge.

Resources for Corporate Partners

Elevate your business through strategic collaboration with Vanderbilt University. Our Corporate Partnerships team facilitates streamlined access to top-tier talent and world-class expertise, enabling your organization to thrive.