About Us

Government Relations staff members are housed in the Office of the President.

Kevin Neely

Associate Vice President of Government Relations

Email:  kneely@pdx.edu


Kevin joined Portland State University in December 2017.   He is a Viking, having graduated in 1996 with a BS in Biology.  Over the last decade, he was president and co-owner of C&E Systems, a small business specializing in political campaign compliance, government relations and software development.  Prior to that, he served as the spokesman and lead lobbyist for the Oregon Department of Justice.  Kevin’s higher education experience includes several years as Executive Assistant to the President at Willamette University.  


 Alyson Kraus

Alyson Kraus

Director of State 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 BS in Psychology. Since graduating she has received a certificate in Strategic Communication from Portland State. Her career in Oregon politics began in 2007 when she interned for Dave Hunt at the state level while attending Oregon State University.  After the 2007 Legislative session, Alyson spent six additional years working with Dave Hunt and the House Democrats before joining PSU. Alyson is a Portland native. She and her husband, Max, have two young sons; Elliot and Theodore, who keep them both busy. They enjoy spending time together as a family and are excited to watch their sons learn and grow.


Nicholas Running

Public Affairs Specialist

Email: nrunning@pdx.edu


Nicholas Running is a native Oregonian and proud PSU Viking. His undergraduate work at Oregon State University focused on intercultural communication and rhetoric. During his time at OSU, he was engaged in student advocacy and international programs. He earned his Master’s of Science in Educational Leadership and Policy from Portland State in 2014. He has served students at Portland State University for eight years in Academic Support, Admissions, and New Student Programs, and most recently with the Office of the President and Government Relations. As a first-generation college graduate, Nicholas is proud to work with students from diverse backgrounds and advocate for increased resources and better education policy. 

Lydia Ness

Graduate Assistant

Email: lness@pdx.edu


Lydia is a first-year Master in Urban and Regional Planning student at PSU. At the Office of Government Relations, the graduate assistant position allows her to work at the local, county, regional and state government levels. She is specifically tracking policy at the City of Portland, Multnomah County, and Metro.