The Office of Community and Government Relations builds and maintains relationships with local, state, and federal governments, as well as with local community members and organizations. This office was established in 2008 to enhance the college’s local, regional, and national outreach. The office works to augment the college’s relations with local, state, and federal governments, in particular the city of Oberlin, Oberlin City Schools, the state of Ohio, and Washington, D.C. The special assistant to the president for community and government relations directs this office and is a member of the president’s senior staff.
The office is the principal liaison between Oberlin College and government, the business sector, and civic, educational, and economic development organizations. The office collaborates with leaders in these various sectors to build local, regional, and national public and private partnerships. In addition, the office identifies strategic funding opportunities, and determines important community opportunities, trends, and joint ventures for the college.
Through the office, the college seeks opportunities to foster economic development, and to uplift the community, county, and region in an environmentally sustainable manner. These efforts are rooted in the college's long-standing tradition of academic and artistic excellence, and its core values of access and inclusion, promoting positive social change.