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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 DavisLois Davis

Vice President for Public Affairs and Chief of Staff

Email: loisd@pdx.edu

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.

Debbie KoreskiDebbie Koreski

Associate Vice President for Government Relations

Email: debbie.koreski@pdx.edu

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 KrausAlyson Kraus

Assistant Director for Government Relations

Email:  alykraus@pdx.edu

Alyson joined Portland State in January 2013. She is a graduate of Oregon State University Honors College, where she received 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 Government 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 joy and exhaustion of being parents to their two young sons, Elliot and Theodore. They enjoy spending time together as a family and are excited to watch their sons learn and grow.

Rayleen McMillan

Assistant Director for Government Relations

Email: rayleen@pdx.edu

Prior to this position, Rayleen spent three years on the government relations team at Portland Community College, and is also a proud alum of both institutions. Rayleen is passionate about her professional advocacy and feels strongly that quality, accessible public education is altogether crucial to the pursuit of meaningful social change.

Rayleen is a self-identified civic participation nerd, and fills her time accordingly. She serves as chair of City Club of Portland’s Government & Public Policy Forum Committee, and has been a very active member of the Club since 2011. An ardent proponent of gender equity and a strong believer in the impact of professional mentorship, Rayleen also serves as chair of the PSU Center For Women’s Leadership Alumnae Committee.

When she isn’t enveloped in legislative advocacy or community engagement, Rayleen can be found on her yoga mat; blissfully wandering a bookstore somewhere; or in the audience at one of the region’s many brilliant performing arts offerings.

Brooke GardnerBrooke Gardner

Public Affairs Coordinator

Email: bgardner@pdx.edu

Brooke joined the Office of Government Relations in October 2015. She received her bachelors degree in Environmental Studies from Portland State. While she was a student at PSU, Brooke worked in the Offices of the President and the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. After graduating, she was the Executive Assistant and Board Liaison at All Hands Raised, an education non-profit focused on improving education outcomes for kids in Multnomah County. Brooke moved to Portland from central California in 2010 and thoroughly enjoys the grey weather and close proximity to the beautiful natural areas and amazing food options.

Eric NollEric Noll

Graduate Assistant

Email: ogc-ga@pdx.edu

Eric graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and a minor in Civic Leadership from PSU. Prior to earning his BA, he served in student government as the Legislative Director for three years (two at Linn-Benton Community College) and as the 2014-15 Student Body President at PSU. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Public Policy in the Hatfield School of Government at PSU with a focus in higher education policy and governance.

Susy MunsonSusy Munson

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

Email: susy.munson@pdx.edu

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 Southern 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.