About Government & Community Affairs

β€œIn the heart of the City, in the service of the City.”

Lemuel Murlin
President of Boston University, 1911–1924


From its founding in 1839 through its growth into the largest university in Boston and the fourth-largest private not-for-profit university in the country, Boston University has stayed true to its commitment to conduct research, scholarship, artistic creation, and professional practice in the service of the surrounding community.

BU’s Government & Community Affairs office is the main contact with area residents and elected leaders, informing the public of community interest projects and efforts undertaken by the University.

Our Team

Robert Donahue Vice President
Jake Sullivan Assistant Vice President
Noreen Rooney Manager of Administration
Elizabeth Leary Director of Community Relations
Kenneth Ryan Director of City Relations
Jim Curley Director of State Relations
Valeda Britton Executive Director of Community Relations/MED
Chimel Idiokitas Outreach & Program Director
Molly Gavin Executive Assistant