Office of Government Relations

About Us

Learn more about the hard-working employees in our office that move to engage students on campus in civic issues and make sure that the student voice is heard at the city, state, and federal levels. Reach out to them by either emailing or swinging by HUB 121H! Our office hours can be found at 

Director of Legislative Affairs Lukas Garcia

Junior, Political Science

The Director of Legislative Affairs is the ASUW’s main lobbyist in Olympia. Lukas will spend winter quarter at the state capitol, lobbying on behalf of students. He also sits as the Chair of the Legislative Steering Committee, and researches legislative issues of relevance to the students of the University of Washington and communicates the findings to the ASUW Board of Directors, the state legislature and the President of the ASUW.

General Manager Kim Pearson

2nd Year Graduate, Masters in Public Administration

The General Managers oversees the Office of Government Relations staff, strategic planning, and budget; serves as the Vice Chair of the Legislative Steering Committee; and coordinates research on legislative issues of interest to students.

Local Legislative Liaison Lily Hansen

Sophomore, Political Science and English

The Local Legislative Liaison coordinates ASUW advocacy on the city and county level, including communicating and advocating for the ASUW Local Legislative Agenda with city and county officials, as well as other relevant parties. They meet frequently with local officials and communities stakeholders, and research legislative issues of relevance to the students of the University of Washington.

Legislative Programming Coordinator Abby Talkington

Senior, Economics

The Legislative Programming Coordinator is responsible for planning and implementing lobbying-related events for the purpose of advocating in the interest of the ASUW to local governments, the Washington State Legislature. They also chair the Legislative Planning Committee and works with the Organizing Coordinator to organize events such as the Legislative Reception Lobby Day, and other voter education events


Organizing Coordinator Nick Peda

Senior, History and Anthropology

The Organizing Coordinator is in charge of the ASUW’s voter registration and Get Out the Vote Efforts. They also work to build on-campus coalitions, engage students in the work of the OGR, and direct OGR outreach.