Tulane University's Official Link to Federal, State and Local Government

The Office of Government and Community Relations works to advance Tulane's mission in research, teaching and service by aggressively seeking government funding for university programs and activities, providing and analyzing data and developing strategies for the university's coordinated response to challenges, threats and opportunities related to federal, state and local government and community activities, coordinating the development of university programs and cross-university partnerships that have the potential for significant government funding, and acting in an advisory capacity for on-going government-awarded projects, as appropriate.


Sharon Courtney, Vice President for Government Affairs

Sharon is the university's liaison with Louisiana's Congressional Delegation and their staffs. She monitors legislative issues of importance to Tulane and seeks funding for university projects through legislative means by working with Tulane's consultants in Washington, D.C. She also serves as a link between the university and various national higher education organizations such as the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).


Stephen Wright, Executive Director, State & Local Affairs

Stephen Wright comes to Tulane from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals where he was a liaison on behalf of the agency to various healthcare stakeholders. He is responsible for state governmental affairs in both the legislature and executive branches as well as advocating on behalf of Tulane health policy at the federal level.  


Randall Legeai, Director of Institutional Program Development

Randy provides the institutional research, data analysis, and management/budget assistance needed for long-term planning and development of multidisciplinary and/or cross-institutional proposals. He also monitors current and pending federal science policy to determine its impact on Tulane's goals. Randy works closely with Tulane's Office of Research to track federal and state research agency grant programs/initiatives, publicize them to faculty researchers, and assist them in applying for funding.


Lauren JardellDirector of Local Government and Community Relations

Lauren handles Tulane's interactions with officials of the City of New Orleans, community and neighborhood organizations, and other non-governmental agencies. Prior to joining Tulane, Lauren was Vice President of Government Relations at Sabiston Consultants where she served as the federal and municipal government liaison for more than twenty clients. She previously played a key role in the management of the successful 2010 campaign to elect New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. She also served as the director of operations for Louisiana Media Services as projects coordinator for the Office of U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu.

Marcia Taylor, Program Manager, Legislative Scholarships