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Federal Relations Director Appointed at UCR


Federal Relations Director Appointed at UCR

(January 4, 2000)

Elizabeth A. Baldwin has been appointed to the new position of director of federal relations at the University of California, Riverside, serving as the campus' liaison with elected officials in Washington, D.C. and their staffs.

Baldwin was formerly public policy manager with the Optical Society of America, a Washington, D.C.-based society of 12,000 optical scientists, engineers and technicians. Her UCR appointment is effective today (Jan. 4, 2000).

"Elizabeth brings to this position an impressive background advocating on science and research policy at the federal level," said Robert Nava, UCR assistant vice chancellor for governmental and community relations. "She will play a critical role in expanding the university's presence and legislative agenda in Washington, D.C. as it relates to higher education programs, funding and research policy."

The federal relations director position was established so that UCR officials could more effectively monitor issues related to higher education and research, and to articulate the campus' position on issues that have a direct impact on teaching, research and service activities. Baldwin, who will split her time between Washington, D.C. and Riverside, will also assist faculty, administrators and students who seek meetings with congressional, government or association representatives in Washington, D.C.

Baldwin said the opportunity to broaden the scope of issues she works on and to be part of a university community attracted her to the UCR position. "I've been doing governmental relations work for almost 10 years and in focusing on research issues, funding policy and appropriations I have worked with a lot of university people. I like working with the academic community. I'm very comfortable there," she said.

Baldwin is assigned to the UCR Office of Governmental and Community Relations, which works with local, regional, state and national legislators and their staffs, organizes special programs linking the campus and community and acts as a liaison with unive rsity-affiliated community groups.

Prior to serving as public policy manager at the Optical Society of America, Baldwin was a senior legislative and federal affairs officer for the American Psychological Association. She earned a bachelor's degree in biology at State University of New York, Cortland, in 1974, a master's degree in entomology at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1977 and a master's degree in science, technology and public policy at George Washington University in 1986.


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