Trustees visit Capitol Hill for inaugural federal advocacy day

Led by Craig Thompson, chair of the Board of Trustees’ advocacy and government relations committee, and executive committee chair Geoff Gonella, a group of University of Maryland College Park Foundation Board of Trustees members gathered on June 14, 2017, to visit Capitol Hill. The trustees, along with university president Wallace Loh, met with legislators from the Maryland delegation as well as other members of Congress who are alumni of the university.

In addition to Thompson and Gonella, representing the board were Sharon Akers, Cliff Kendall, Paul Mandell, Nicole Pollard, Phil Schneider and formersenator Joe Tydings.  They met with Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Rep. Anthony Brown (D-MD-4), Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD-7), Rep. John Delaney (D-MD-6), Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD-1), Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD-5), Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD-8), Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD-2), Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD-3), as well as Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) and Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA-15).

In their meetings with members of Congress, the trustees and President Loh emphasized the value of funding for federal research programs upon which the university relies and that fuels economic prosperity in Maryland and across the U.S. Trustees also advocated for preserving federal financial aid dollars on which low-income students depend, including Pell Grants and Federal Work Study, both of which are facing cuts.