About Us

About the Office of Federal Relations

The Office of Federal Relations works with faculty and staff to identify issues and opportunities of interest to the University. We work with peer institutions to advocate for federal policies that support Yale’s educational, research, and service missions. We also assist in the interpretation and implementation of federal rules and mandates. The Office also provides advice to faculty and staff about ethics rules concerning lobbying, visits by government officials, and participation in political activities. We look forward to working with you.

Richard Jacob
Associate Vice President for Federal and State Relations

Rich Jacob has been at Yale since January, 1995; previously he was the special assistant to the Dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine and an analyst and branch chief in the White House Office of Management and Budget. He holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Oberlin College.

Kara Haas
Associate Director for Federal Relations

Prior to joining the University in 2006, Kara worked in the U.S. House of Representatives for nearly twelve years. She has served as Professional Staff for the House Science Committee, with legislative and oversight responsibilities for the National Science Foundation and math and science education across the federal agencies. Previously, she held legislative staff positions for various members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Kara holds a Bachelor of Science in History and Politics from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Janice N. Frank
Senior Executive Assistant, Office of Federal Relations