About Community and Governmental Relations


The University of Pittsburgh Office of Community and Governmental Relations (CGR) maintains relationships with all levels of government, including Federal, Commonwealth, County, and City, while also leading Pitt’s community-facing work through collaboration, communication, and facilitation of University engagement with its broader communities. CGR is responsive, bringing neighborhood voices, policy awareness, and issue based activity together by bridging internal and external stakeholders to forge new collaborations. As part of this effort, CGR leads Pitt’s Neighborhood Commitments, which are long-term commitments of investment, infrastructure, programming, and dedicated staff in the neighborhoods of Oakland as well as the Hill District and Homewood, in which Pitt’s Community Engagement Centers are located. These commitments are grounded in mutually beneficial relationships that support the neighborhood’s agenda while strengthening the University’s mission of teaching, research, and service.

Commonwealth Relations

The University of Pittsburgh Office of Commonwealth Relations represents the University of Pittsburgh’s interests in Pennsylvania State Legislature. By maintaining a presence in Harrisburg and establishing strong relationships with legislators, Commonwealth Relations is able to raise the profile of the University and promote it as a resource for the Commonwealth.

Commonwealth Relations monitors introduced legislation and evaluates its potential impact on Pitt, submits the University’s annual budget appropriations request to the Department of Education and the General Assembly, and serves as the point of contact for public officials and the University on Commonwealth-related matters. Through the Pitt Advocates, Commonwealth Relations engages students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the University in grassroots advocacy and support for Pitt, culminating each year in Pitt Day in Harrisburg. See More

Federal Relations

The University of Pittsburgh Office of Federal Relations represents the University of Pittsburgh in Washington, D.C. Federal Relations maintains relationships with federal legislators and their staff, administrative agency personnel, and other departments within the executive branch. The office provides these individuals and agencies with meeting opportunities and information about the personnel, programs, and accomplishments of the University and promotes Pitt perspectives and projects with members of Congress.

Federal Relations monitors and evaluates legislation and regulations to determine any potential impact on the University of Pittsburgh and provides information to faculty, staff, and programs potentially affected by these actions. The office develops and implements the federal advocacy strategy of the University and communicates input from faculty and staff to legislators and administrative agencies.

Through advocacy efforts, Federal Relations supports appropriations for federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, which provide research funding for Pitt faculty. Federal Relations serves as the institutional point of contact for public officials and the University on matters relating to the federal government. See More

Local Governmental Relations (City/County)

The University of Pittsburgh Office Of Local Governmental Relations is the University's liaison with the University of Pittsburgh and the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, serving as the University's principal source of information on city and county governmental matters and the institutional point of contact for local governments.

These responsibilities include developing and implementing strategies to build positive relationships with the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and other surrounding county and municipal governments.

The office facilitates communication between Pitt administration, faculty, staff, and students with local municipal elected officials, department administrators, and their staff.  Local Governmental Relations also looks for opportunities for the University to provide its expertise on issues by providing testimony before City Council, as well as other commissions and authorities. 

Local Governmental Relations represents the University's interests on committees and task forces including: The Hill House Association, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, the Nuisance Bar Task Force, and the Code Enforcement Task Force, as well as other non-profit organizations.   

The office monitors and distributes proposed city and county ordinances that could have an impact on the University and its departments. Significant efforts go into obtaining amusement, special event, building, and other local permits, parking and traffic/lane variances, and other municipal approvals needed by the University of Pittsburgh. See More

Community Relations

The University of Pittsburgh Office of Community Relations promotes civic engagement, community service, and sustainable partnerships to bring University resources to the community and region. In keeping with the University of Pittsburgh’s mission, this office aims "to make available to local communities and public agencies the expertise of the University in ways that are consistent with the primary teaching and research functions and contribute to social, intellectual and economic development in the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world" 

Community Relations develops meaningful partnerships with Oakland community organizations and works closely with the Mayor’s office, city departments, and the city council members who represent Oakland.  The office attends regularly scheduled and special community meetings to maintain positive community relationships by listening to community concerns and delivering accurate information about the University. Through the Oakland Task Force, Community Relations has developed strong relationships with other Oakland institutions.

The office organizes “Be a Good Neighbor” events in Oakland neighborhoods to bring together residents and students living off-campus to build healthy relationships and minimize disruptive student behavior. When complaints do occur, Community Relations works with other departments to investigate and attempt to resolve these issues. See More