Government Relations Director
Jock Mills has served as Oregon State University’s Director of Government Relations since 2000. He works with state legislators, the Governor's Office, state agencies, local governments, and Oregon’s educational infrastructure.
Jock began his career in Oregon in 1983 as an analyst and committee administrator in the Oregon Legislative Assembly. His experience in Oregon includes 14 years with the Bonneville Power Administration in Portland. During Governor John Kitzhaber’s second term he took a nine-month sabbatical from BPA to serve as the Governor’s liaison to the Willamette Restoration Initiative, a public/private partnership created by the Governor to develop a comprehensive watershed restoration program for the Willamette River. In 2011-12 Jock served on part-time loan to Governor Kitzhaber’s Education Investment Project, managing the work of the Task Force on Higher Education Student and Institutional Success, created by HB 3418 during the 2011 session.
Before moving to Oregon, Jock worked with the Education Policy Research Institute, a branch of the Educational Testing Service in Washington, D.C. During the late 1970s he served for three years as a legislative assistant to a New York member of Congress. He also has experience as a “roustabout” on a Colorado dude ranch. A native of New Mexico, he is an avid skier, a wistful runner (having qualified three times for the Boston marathon, but never having run it), and a connoisseur of French cars.
Jock holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley. He completed his undergraduate education in 1977 at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was awarded a bachelor of arts degree, (magna cum laude) in political science with a public service emphasis.
Director, Federal Relations
Gabrielle Serra joined Oregon State University’s Government Relations team in Fall of 2014 to serve as Director of Federal Affairs. In her role, Gabrielle works with the Administration and federal agencies, federal legislators, as well as national partner organizations. Her focus is to engage federal policy makers and program officials on issues and opportunities important to the success and potential of OSU and our community, including priorities ranging from student access, fundamental and applied research, to outreach and extension.
Gabrielle brings more than a decade of experience working with the Federal government in Washington, DC. She began her career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture where she served for nearly 7 years in several capacities related to federal food and nutrition policy. She focused primarily on child nutrition program and policy development. Her tenure with USDA culminated in year assignment serving as a policy advisor and special assistant to the Under Secretary of Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services with responsibilities related to administering the 15 federal nutrition programs and the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, as well as engaging with the U.S. Congress and the Administration. Gabrielle then went to the House of Representatives where she served for the 111th Congress as a policy advisor to the Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor. During this time, Gabrielle oversaw the development and enactment of comprehensive legislation authorizing the federal child nutrition programs. And, after leaving the Hill, Gabrielle oversaw federal government relations for a national non-profit organization focused on public health.
Originally from Florence, Oregon, Gabrielle graduated from OSU in 2003 with a degree in public health. She holds a master’s degree in food policy and economics from Tufts University, the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.
Government Relations Coordinator
Karli Olsen is a 2014 graduate of the University Honors College at Oregon State, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, with a minor in French. She began her career in public policy and advocacy in high school as the Student Advisor to the State Board of Education (K-12). As an undergraduate at OSU, Karli worked as a research assistant for a book on the Supreme Court and wrote her honors thesis on the topic of American judicial process and politics. She earned a Certificate of Politics and European Studies from the Institut d'études politiques de Lyon in Lyon, France.
As a student, Karli was actively involved in government relations and campus affairs with the Associated Students of Oregon State University and lobbied on behalf of students at both the state and federal level. She served as the Vice President of Finance for OSU’s Panhellenic Executive Council and was involved in fraternity and sorority life leadership in various other capacities. She spent one summer interning in the Office of Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-Oregon 5th District). She also interned with the Oregon Student Association, where she designed and conducted legislative issue and non-partisan voter registration trainings for student leaders.
Karli works on local, state, and federal advocacy for the university: assisting with OSU advocacy and engagement on state and federal policy issues, tracking all state legislation that affects higher education and OSU programs or constituents, and communicating OSU achievements and contributions to our representatives in Washington, DC and in Salem. She also connects students to opportunities in government and coordinates activities related to OSU’s advocacy day at the State Capitol.