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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

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 a graduate of Portland State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Community Development in 2002. During her time at PSU she was proud to serve as student body President and was often involved with advocating for higher education in Salem and in our nation's capital.

After graduating, 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 higher education including the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. After her time at USSA, Mary joined the Office of Congressman David Wu where she worked on many policy areas including energy, transportation, natural resources, and education.

After coming back to PSU as the Associate Director of Government Relations, Mary began her current role in October 2009. The role of Director includes serving as a liaison between PSU and all levels of elected and government officials and oversees all aspects of the office.  She is privileged to be a member of President Wiewel's team and is looking forward to Portland State's exciting future.


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.