Director, Government Relations & Community Affairs
As the Director of Government Relations and Community Affairs, Amy oversees the office and is the primary liaison and lobbyist for the University to the U.S. Congress and federal government. She also represents Brown on the government relations committees of various national educational organizations.
Prior to joining Brown, Amy worked for Senator Susan Collins of Maine as an advisor on energy, environment and science issues. She also served as Staff Director of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Subcommittee on Environment, Technology and Standards. She began her career on Capitol Hill as an AAAS Congressional Science Fellow, selected by the American Society of Microbiology.
Amy has a bachelor of science in biochemistry and environmental science from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in microbiology and environmental engineering from Cornell University.
Director, State and Community Relations
As the Director of State and Community Relations, Al is the primary liaison and lobbyist for the University in the state house and city hall. He also represents Brown before City boards, commissions and other non-profit institutions.
Prior to joining Brown, Al was Deputy Rhode Island Secretary of State and Chief of Staff to the Rhode Island Secretary of State. He previously worked at the US EPA and the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee as Counsel on clean air issues.
Al graduated from Georgetown University and Boston College Law School.
Jennifer Smith Braga
Jennifer acts as a liaison between Brown University and community-based organizations, businesses, and individuals located on the East Side of Providence and beyond. Through this position she provides the community with information about the University, its resources, and its various roles in the community. The main University contact for non-admission-related inquiries, Jennifer provides customer service to city, state, and national residents while relaying the community's thoughts, concerns, and ideas to relevant parties within the University.
Prior to this role, Jennifer worked in the office of the Vice President for Research and served as the assistant coordinator of the Brown Forum for Enterprise. Before coming to Brown, she taught English at Barrington High School.
Jennifer has a bachelor's degree in English from Fairfield University and a master's degree in teaching from Northeastern University.
Assistant to the Director
Jennifer is the assistant to the director and first point of contact in the office of government relations. She handles the daily administrative tasks that keep the office running smoothly.
Before joining the GRCA team, Jennifer worked at the University of Rhode Island as the project assistant for the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) grant.
Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Rhode Island.
Government Relations & Community Affairs
71 George Street
Providence, RI 02912
Community concerns: (401) 863-3717
General inquiries or to contact the director: (401) 863-2552
Fax: (401) 863-3189
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday