Government & Corporate Relations

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is a world-renowned institution whose impact reaches far beyond the borders of campus.

Efforts to ensure that UW–Madison remains a leader in higher education as well as a good neighbor, include building solid relationships with government leaders and community organizations; strengthening connections with outside businesses and industry; advocating for UW priorities on the local, state, and national levels; and sharing information about policies and funding developments that may impact the university’s research, education, or outreach missions.

Federal Relations

The Office of Federal Relations advocates about federal policies and issues that affect the university; facilitates congressional and administration meetings for university administrators, faculty, and staff; coordinates issue briefings for members of congress and their staff; and serves as a liaison between the university and the federal government.

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State Relations

State Relations is the university’s primary contact with state government, managing diverse relationships to advance the understanding of the university’s mission and navigating the political and budgetary processes of the governor’s office and the legislature. State Relations also works with state-agency leaders in university-related matters such as state employment and Medicaid.

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Alumni Advocacy

The Wisconsin Alumni Association’s advocacy efforts help UW–Madison alumni and friends to voice their support for the university through a variety of programs and outreach initiatives. WAA’s advocacy team also tracks the latest state and federal legislative proposals that could affect UW–Madison.

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Office of Business Engagement


Business Engagement (formerly the Office of Corporate Relations) serves as the front door to university resources for business and industry and focuses on providing service to companies in the areas of recruitment, executive education, accessing faculty and staff, enhancing global competency and fostering entrepreneurship. Corporations looking to advance their business through partnership with UW, or faculty and staff seeking outside support from the corporate sector, should contact OBE directly.

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Community Relations

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The Office of Community Relations maintains government relationships in Madison and Dane County; builds and enriches relationships with community organizations, non-profits, school districts, neighborhood associations and various cultural groups; represents the Chancellor’s Office as an ex-officio member of community organizations that value the input of the UW; and collaborates with campus units to develop community outreach strategies.

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