Jason Rohloff is named Special Assistant to the President for Government Relations

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I am pleased to name Jason Rohloff as the University’s new special assistant to the president for government relations. In this role, Jason will lead the University’s local, state, and federal government relations program and our grassroots advocacy efforts.

Jason, a University of Minnesota graduate (B.A., international relations), has more than 15 years of state government, federal relations, and foundation experience. In the Minnesota Legislature, he served as a House committee administrator, the director of House Legislative Services, and legislative director to the Speaker of the House. He also served in Washington, D.C., as the director of federal affairs for Governor Pawlenty. Most recently, he has been a senior policy officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he developed and executed multistate strategies to support the foundation’s work in secondary and higher education. He also holds a master’s degree in international management from the University of St. Thomas.

As you know, government relations is a critical function for our organization. With state and federal budgets constrained, it is more important than ever that our efforts in St. Paul and Washington, D.C., are strategic and innovative and that our grassroots program is robust and effective. I am confident that Jason’s energy, experience, deep knowledge of the legislative process, and track record of effectively working with diverse stakeholders will help move our institution forward. Jason’s first day will be January 9, 2012.

I want to again extend my deep gratitude to Donna Peterson for her 22 years of service to the University and wish her the very best in her retirement.

I am also grateful to the search committee, co-chaired by Richard Pfutzenreuter and Fred Morrison, for their leadership in advancing a pool of very impressive and qualified candidates.

Please join me in welcoming Jason to the University.