About Us

About the Office of Federal and State Relations

The Office of Federal and State 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 and state policies that support Yale’s educational, research, and service missions. We also assist in the interpretation and implementation of federal and state 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.

Benjamin Krinsky
Associate Director for Federal Relations

Before joining the Office of Federal and State Relations, Ben was the Associate Director for Legislative Affairs at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). At FASEB, Ben advocated for federal funding and policies to support research in the life sciences. Ben holds a PhD in evolutionary biology from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science from Yale.

Jillian Jackson
Associate Director for State Relations

Prior to joining the University, Jillian worked at Murtha Cullina as a government relations associate for three years. In that role, Jillian represented numerous higher education institutes and associations across the state to raise issues of concern to members of the legislature, and represent higher education issues. Jillian holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts.