The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Buckeye Advocates

Elected officials at federal, state and local levels of government are constantly making decisions and casting votes that affect The Ohio State University. The Ohio State University Alumni Association and Buckeye Advocates work in partnership with the Office of Government Affairs to educate, organize and mobilize alumni and friends in support of higher education initiatives.

As Buckeye Advocates, we strive to stay informed on the issues and are committed to taking action in support of the university when called upon. We shine the spotlight on important public policy issues and focus on Ohio State’s future. Our goal is to share Ohio State’s story with elected officials and remind them that our university is a top-ranked flagship university in the state and nationally. Ohio State educates Ohio’s future leaders, serves as an economic engine for the state, and serves the people of Ohio and the nation in countless ways. In order to be effective, we need you to be part of the storytelling.

Join Us - Be the Voice of the Buckeye Nation.

Our advocacy program prepares alumni and friends of Ohio State to effectively engage with their representatives and build relationships back home in their districts. As a Buckeye Advocate, you’ll become familiar with the challenges facing higher education in Ohio. You’ll also be the first to know when we need your help to get the word out to legislators.

Frequently asked questions

No. The Buckeye Advocacy program is a nonpartisan group that actively promotes the interests and legislative priorities of The Ohio State University, which requires engaging elected officials on both sides of the aisle.

The Ohio State University Alumni Association and the Buckeye Advocacy program are prohibited from endorsing candidates for public office due to state and federal guidelines.

No! All alumni and friends of The Ohio State University are welcome to sign up as Buckeye Advocates. Once you sign up, you’ll start receiving updates on important legislative initiatives and how you can become engaged in the political process on behalf of Buckeye Nation.

The Buckeye Advocates program seeks to engage at the federal, state and local levels of government. A large amount of our advocacy efforts is focused on the state of Ohio and its reinvestment in higher education and issues affecting The Ohio State University. Because we are a public research university, we also spend time advocating at the federal level since it plays a significant role in determining important research dollars for innovation and additional key priorities that have the biggest impact on our flagship institution.

The Buckeye Advocates program works with the Office of Government Affairs, university leaders, the Board of Trustees and key alumni to understand the immediate and long-term impact that certain policies may have on The Ohio State University. Once our federal, state and local priorities are determined, the Buckeye Advocates program develops a plan of action for engaging alumni and friends of the university in the policymaking process.


Buckeyes and Bearcats Day at the Statehouse

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Columbus, OH

Contact us

Kayla Tonnessen

Sr. Director, Government Affairs and Advocacy

Keely Black

Program Assistant, Alumni Advocacy