Intergovernmental Affairs

Mission

Provide support services for the Governor, Cabinet and Virginia agencies in the formulating and implementing policies, procedures, and programs which support and promote the broad objectives of the Commonwealth through the coordination of efforts with the President’s Administration, the Virginia Congressional Delegation and others in Washington, D.C.

 

What We Do

The Virginia Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (VOIA) serves as the liaison between the Commonwealth and the United States Congress; the White House; federal agencies; and other states and territories—facilitating communication with the Governor.  The D.C. office also coordinates with state agencies to develop the state’s federal priorities, and appropriations requests; by producing a summary of issues to distribute to the Virginia Congressional Delegation.  

The Intergovernmental Affairs office also monitors federal legislative issues and advocates on behalf of the Commonwealth.  We work with state policy advisors to determine how federal legislation will impact state programs and priorities; and advocate for what is best for the Commonwealth and local programs.  

Additionally, the Virginia Office of Intergovernmental Affairs helps to identify federal grant opportunities for the Commonwealth and assist them in their efforts to get new federal grants or continue current grant opportunities.

Staff

Staff 

Maribel E. Ramos
Director
444 N. Capitol Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001
Phone: (202) 783-1769
Fax: (202) 789-7687
maribel.ramos@governor.virginia.gov 

Elizabeth Natonski
Assistant Director
Virginia Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
444 North Capitol Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 783-1769
Fax: (202) 789-7687
Elizabeth.natonski@governor.virginia.gov 

Robert Mejia
Special Assistant
Virginia Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
444 North Capitol Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 783-1769
Fax: (202) 789-7687
Robert.mejia@governor.virginia.gov