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New Hires Pave Paths for Government, Community Relations

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 11, 2016) -- The Office of Government and Community Relations has hired two new staff members to reinforce UAlbany’s long-term commitment to strengthening relationships with regional communities and local and state government.

Ryan Silva is joining the team as director of state relations. Ryan comes to the University from Empire State Development, where he served as vice president for regional economic development. As UAlbany’s state relations director, Ryan will help shape and implement the University's government relations agenda by collaborating with faculty, researchers and staff. He also will oversee key legislative initiatives and build strategies to secure resources for priority programs and research.

Jordan Carleo-Evangelist and Ryan Silva photo

 Jordan Carleo-Evangelist, left, and Ryan Silva. (Photo by Carlo de Jesus)

Jordan Carleo-Evangelist joins UAlbany as director of community relations. Jordan spent more than 12 years as a reporter at the Times Union, covering local and state government and politics. A graduate of Boston University, he is a graduate-degree candidate in UAlbany’s political communication program. As director of community relations, he will strengthen relationships with local government and community constituencies and serve as an advisor to the campus community, helping to align the University’s communications and advocacy efforts.

"As the availability of state resources has declined, more and more colleges and universities find ourselves in the position of competing for funds," said Associate Vice President for Government and Community Relations Sheila Seery. "This requires a very high level of advocacy and strong relationships with our community partners and our legislative delegation. Ryan’s understanding of economic development and public-private partnerships will help the University more successfully compete and hopefully secure additional external resources for priority programs and research projects. Jordan’s established connections and relationships with local government and community constituencies will help the University and community work more collaboratively on behalf of our students, the University and the region."

Visit the Office of Government and Community Relations for more information.

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