Government Relations

The function of the Office of Government Relations is to serve the university community in securing funding and substantive legislation which enables the University of Florida to provide research, teaching, and service. The office works closely with government officials and their staffs at the federal, state, and local levels to advocate issues of importance to the university.

Legislative priorities for the university are coordinated through the President’s Office for all of the university’s entities, including Health Affairs, the Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences, and general education.

Government Relations team members:

Mark Kaplan

Vice President, Government and Community Relations
(352) 392-4574


Linda Collins

Coordinator, Government Relations
(850) 488-2447


Blair Hancock

Legislative Assistant, Government Relations
(850) 488-2447


Marion Hoffmann

Associate Vice President, Government Relations
(850) 488-2447


Sarah Mathias

Director, Federal Relations
(202) 507-6294


Melissa Orth

Senior Director, Government Relations;
Assistant University Secretary
(352) 392-4574


Ed Poppell

Administration, UF Historic St. Augustine
(352) 392-4574


Lora Smith

Executive Assistant, Government Relations
(352) 392-4574

Physical Address


111 Tigert Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611

(352) 392-4574


215 South Monroe St
Suite 110
Tallahassee, FL, 32301

(850) 488-2447


20 F Street, NW Suite 700
Washington, DC 20001

(202) 507-6294