About Us

Clearance Policy

All Tulane faculty, administrators and
student groups must clear all activities
and communications involving federal,
state or local elected officials and their
staffs with the Office of Government
Affairs in advance. This includes all
invitations to campus, requests for
appointments, and contacts regarding
legislation, rules or policies that affect
the university. Government Affairs
must ensure that the appropriate
government officials are contacted,
Tulane’s requests are prioritized, and
that the university is in full compliance
with all IRS and federal lobbying
disclosure rules. See the full text of the
university’s clearance policy.

The Office of Government and Community Relations works for all of Tulane’s campuses to advance the university’s mission by:

  • actively seeking government funding for university programs and activities;

  • developing and implementing strategies for the university’s coordinated response to challenges, threats and opportunities related to federal, state and local legislation and government activities;

  • coordinating the development of university programs and cross-university partnerships that have the potential for significant government/agency funding;

  • promoting Tulane’s image and relations with government officials and the community through targeted communications, special events and publications, such as the Economic Impact Brochure and Community Service catalog.


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

Randy 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.

Paul Harang, Director of Community and Neighborhood Relations    

Marcia Taylor, Executive Assistant to the Vice President

Tulane University, Government Affairs, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-988-3390