The Government Relations Committee informs members of issues of concern with regards to education and college access initiatives both at the state and national level.  NACAC provides resources to help members connect with legislators and learn of pending legislation, as well as provides templates for contacting national leaders on topics identified as priority issues.

The Government Relations Committee of SACAC is developing new state legislative training for all of the member states.  To join this committee or help plan a legislative day in your state, click here. For a Reimbursement Form for Government Relations/Legislative Days, please click here.

Please visit the SACAC event calendar for a list of upcoming state events.

As one of the largest NACAC affiliates, we strive to have the largest delegation at the annual NACAC Advocacy Meeting. NACAC’s Advocacy Meeting is a 2-day experience held each year in Washington, DC. Due to COVID-19, the 2021 Annual Meeting was held virtually. The centerpiece of the discussion focused on NACAC’s Roadmap for Change. Please visit our NACAC Advocacy Day 2021 for more information on how to continue to engage in policy and advocacy actions. Check out #NACACAdvocacyWeek on social media for a peek into this year’s event! Check back on this page for our plans for the 2022 Annual Advocacy Meeting!

Government Relations Leadership

Committee Members

Government Relations State Chairs

Alabama:  Andrew Colson and Bailee Drummond, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Arkansas: Jeremy Dickerson, Hendrix College and Wendell Scales, Jr., Arkansas Lighthouse Academies
Florida: Rose Llanos, Lynn University and Iris Martinez, Christopher Columbus High School
Georgia: Emily Cusick, Drew Charter School
Louisiana: vacant
Mississippi: Grant Nerran and Kelsey Walker, Mississippi State University
North Carolina: Deborah Ryan, Empower Triangle Tutoring LLC and JaneAnne Tager, The Franklin School of Innovation
South Carolina: Kim Foster, Winthrop University and Fred Quick, College of Charleston
Tennessee: Mason Brown, St Mary’s Episcopal School and Kristen King, Persist


State Links:

Alabama

Governor’s Office
Legislature – House of Representatives and Senate
Department of Education
Commission on Higher Education

Arkansas

Governor’s Office
House of Representatives
Senate
Department of Education
Department of Higher Education

Florida

Governor’s Office
House of Representatives
Senate
Department of Education
Higher Education – Board of Governors

Georgia

Governor’s Office
General Assembly – House of Representatives and Senate
Department of Education
Board of Regents – University System of Georgia

Louisiana

Governor’s Office
Louisiana Legislature – House of Representatives and Senate
Department of Education
Board of Regents

Mississippi

Governor’s Office
Legislature – House of Representatives and Senate
Department of Education
Institutions of Higher Education

North Carolina

Governor’s Office
General Assembly – House of Representatives and Senate
Department of Public Instruction / Board of Education

South Carolina

Governor’s Office
Legislature – House of Representatives and Senate
Department of Education
Commission on Higher Education

Tennessee

Governor’s Office
Legislature – House of Representatives and Senate
Department of Education
Higher Education Commission

Caribbean Government Websites

Puerto Rico
Commonwealth of the Bahamas
United States Virgin Islands
British Virgin Islands
Jamaica
Commonwealth of Dominica
St. Kitts and Nevis


Other Resources

From NACAC’s 2018 Day on the Hill: Kelly Leon (Institute for Higher Education Policy) delivered our keynote address, which we broadcast on Facebook Live. She was outstanding in framing how to effectively talk about the value of education to those that are skeptical about such a large investment.

Students Without Status: Understanding and Protecting the Rights of Undocumented Immigrant Students webinar on October 18, 2017 information here.