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 see the bottom of our Legislative Days page 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. The first day, NACAC provides comprehensive workshops and seminars that will prime attendees for the second day, the Day on the Hill. Visit the SACAC event calendar for details on the upcoming 2020 event to be held March 8-9.

Government Relations Leadership

Committee Members

Government Relations State Chairs

Alabama:  Andrew Colson and Jordan Crenshaw, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Arkansas: Tricia Davis Morgan, Episcopal Collegiate School and Alice Haney, Bentonville High School
Florida: Jordan Shapiro, Pine Crest School and Sarah Beresik, St. John’s Country Day School
Georgia: Emily Herman, Drew Charter School and Kaylee Joslin, University of Alabama Birmingham
Louisiana: Kayla Davis, University of Holy Cross
Mississippi: vacant
North Carolina: Toni Blount, Craven County Schools and Deborah Ryan, Empower Triangle Tutoring LLC
South Carolina: Kim Foster, Winthrop University and Lauren Francis, Converse College
Tennessee: Leslie Sanderfur, Montgomery Bell Academy, Kelly Pietkiewicz, LEAD Academy, and Adrienne Spraggins, Father Ryan High School


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.