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PSU Government Relations is located in the Office of the President. We are the liaison between the university and local, state, and national governments and agencies. In addition, Government Relations helps build governmental support for the university and identifies opportunities for faculty and staff to contribute to the public policy process.

We are charged to support and promote the President’s five themes, they include:

  • Provide Civic Leadership Through Partnerships
  • Improve Student Success
  • Achieve Global Excellence
  • Enhance Educational Opportunity
  • Expand Resources and Improve Effectiveness

Lois Davis

Vice President for Public Affairs and Chief of Staff


Lois joined the Portland State family in August 2009 after twenty three years at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).  While at OHSU, Lois served as Vice President for Public Affairs and Marketing and (prior to that) as Director of Government Relations.

Lois was recruited to OHSU in 1987 after seven years with then-Congressman Ron Wyden, first as his press aide and later as Chief of Staff. Prior to her service with Wyden, Lois worked as a newspaper reporter at the Springfield News.

A 1977 graduate of the University of Oregon with a degree in journalism, Lois also studied law at Willamette University for two years before leaving to work for Ron Wyden.

As Chief of Staff to PSU President Wim Wiewel, Lois is responsible for overseeing the government relations, communications and marketing functions of PSU, as well as helping to implement executive level projects and policies that further the mission, vision and values of the university.


Mary Rae Moller

Director of Local and Federal Government Relations


Mary is the Director of Local and Federal Government Relations and has been working in PSU’s Office of Government Relations since 2008.  She serves as the chief liaison between PSU and elected federal, metro, county, and city government officials.  In addition, she works to further the mission of Portland State, “Let Knowledge Serve the City”, and is a proud member of President Wim Wiewel’s advocacy team.

After graduating college Mary moved to Washington, D.C. to be the Legislative Director for the United States Student Association (USSA) where she worked on national policy to increase access to quality higher education including the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. After her time at USSA, Mary went to the Hill and joined the Office of Congressman David Wu as a Legislative Assistant where she worked on many policy areas including energy, transportation, natural resources, and education.

Mary is the incoming Chair of the Council of Government Affairs (CGA) at the Association of Public and Land-grant Colleges (APLU) and will officially take on the role January 2015. CGA is composed of representatives designated by the presidents and chancellors of each of the APLU institutions. They are the principal points of contact between their institutions and their congressional delegations as well as federal agencies. The council is co-chaired by a university President or Chancellor and a member of the CGA appointed by the council's Executive Committee.

Mary is an Oregonian and a graduate of Portland State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Community Development. During her time at PSU she was proud to serve as student body President and was often involved with advocating for higher education in Oregon’s state capital and in Washington, D.C.


Debbie Koreski

Director of State Government Relations


Debbie moved to Oregon in 2000 from Memphis, Tennessee.  She earned her B.A. in History from Mississippi State University.  When she isn't rooting for the Vikings, you can find her decked out in Maroon and White and ringing her cowbell.

Debbie began working for the Oregon House of Representatives in 2003, and worked as a Legislative Assistant, Legislative Director, and Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the House. Debbie has played a vital staff role in the passage of several pieces of major legislation, including: Oregon’s Renewal Energy Portfolio, the Jobs and Transportation Act, Oregon’s Rainy Day Fund, and the Oregon Family Fairness Act.  She has also worked for US Congresswoman Darlene Hooley and on several ballot initiative and candidate campaigns. 

Debbie currently lives in a very crowded and loving home in Salem. Her family includes husband Bob, two-year-old daughter Annie, five-year-old son Bo, sixteen-year-old brother Clarence, canine daughters Daphne Marie, DeeDee, and Lula Belle, and grandparents Sue and Ken.


Alyson Kraus

Policy Analyst


Alyson joined Portland State in January 2013. She is a graduate of Oregon State University Honors College, where she recieved a degree in Psychology. While attending Oregon State University she began working in the Oregon Legislature, where she worked for six years before joining the Goverment Relations Team at PSU. As a honored member of President Wiewel's team, Alyson enjoys using her skill of problem solving and creative solutions.

Alyson is a native resident of Portland. She and her husband, Max, are experiencing the joys of being new parents to their son, Elliot. They enjoy spending time together as a family and are excited to watch Elliot learn and grow.


Tammy DePhillip

Graduate Assistant


Tammy recently relocated to Portland from the East Coast in May 2014. She is currently a graduate student in PSU's Public Administration Program, specializing in Local Government. As the graduate assistant, Tammy is excited that she can relate much of her work experience to her academics.

Tammy received her B.A. in Political Science from Bridgewater College, located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. As an undergraduate, she enjoyed serving on student government and mentored with Big Brothers Big Sisters. She also served as an intern with Virigina House Representative Steve Landes.


As a new resident of Portland, she is discovering the great things that the city and Oregon have to offer. From exploring the Oregon Coast to deciding which food cart is her favorite, Tammy is happy to call Portland her home.


Susy Munson

Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff and VP for Public Affairs


Susy is the Executive Assistant to the President's Chief of Staff and VP for Public Affairs, Lois Davis. She is also the Administrative Assistant for PSU's Office of Government Relations. Susy has been working in higher education since 1996 and started at PSU in 2007. She has been working for the President's Office and Government Relations since 2012.


Susy's oldest daughter, Haley, is a 2013 graduate of OSU and works for Souther Oregon Head Start. Her daughter, Lexington, lives here in Portland and will graduate from PSU in Spring of 2016 with a degree in Social Science.