Duquesne University Names Director of Office of Government Relations
Duquesne University has established an office of government relations to serve as the main liaison between the University and local, state and federal government and agencies. Michelle Castro assumed her position as director of government relations on Jan. 1. The Office of Government Relations is part of the Division of University Advancement.“Creating this office will allow the University to more effectively develop positive working relationships with government agencies and officials,” said John Plante, vice president for university advancement. “Michelle’s experience and expertise will be invaluable to the University in developing new partnerships at the local, state and federal levels.”
DU alumna Castro returned to Duquesne in April 2008 as a major gifts officer for the University and has been responsible for building and managing relationships with more than 300 prospective donors in the Northeast.
Previously, she served as a government relations analyst for Blank Rome Government Relations LLC in Washington, D.C., expediting research and analysis on a range of policy issues, including healthcare and transportation. In this position, she also attended congressional committee hearings and issue briefings on Capitol Hill with policy experts, congressional members and staff, and industry representatives.
Castro’s background in government relations includes serving as a consultant and lobbyist for Pittsburgh-based GSP Consulting at state and federal levels, focusing on education, energy, technology, economic development and healthcare, and helping to secure more than $1 million in congressional appropriations. She graduated cum laude from Duquesne in 2004 with a degree in liberal arts and is pursuing her master’s in public policy and administration at Duquesne.
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.