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Jennifer T. Poulakidas

Jennifer Poulakidas
Jennifer T. Poulakidas
Vice President, Congressional & Governmental Affairs


  • January 15, 2016
  • Jennifer Poulakidas, APLU's Vice President for Congressional and Governmental Affairs and Co-President of the United for Medical Research, said the NIH budget increase is "overwhelmingly good news," in an interview with The Atlantic.  Yet she cautioned that "this one year alone is not going to turn everything on its head."

  • December 2, 2016
  • APLU's Jennifer Poulakidas provided a federal higher education policy update at the 2016 Higher Education Government Relations Conference organized by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), APLU, and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
  • November 28, 2018
  • Jennifer Poulakidas, APLU's Vice President for Congressional and Governmental Affairs, was elected an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow. The lifetime honor recognizes individuals for extraordinary achievements in advancing science. Poulakidas was named a AAAS Fellow in the Section on Societal Impacts of Science and Engineering for “passionate leadership of national collaborations to promote public support of U.S. science, particularly collaborations of public universities and their partners.” 

Jennifer T. Poulakidas joined APLU in 2006 as Vice President for Congressional and Governmental Affairs. In this role, she works closely with the leadership of APLU’s more than 230 member universities to promote public higher education’s positions to Congress and the Executive Branch on science and research, student affordability and access, innovation and competitiveness, and internationalization, among other issues of importance to major public universities.

Before APLU, Poulakidas was legislative director for science at the University of California’s Washington, DC office.  During her 11 years with UC, she enjoyed active engagement with the federal science and research advocacy community.  A San Francisco native, her career in Washington began on Capitol Hill where she served her hometown as an aide to Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.  Jennifer received a B.A. in Sociology from UCLA and an MPAff from the University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs. 

Poulakidas’ extracurricular activities include serving on the national alumni boards for UCLA (2008-13) and the UT LBJ School (2013-present). She volunteers with the Metropolitan Washington Ear, a reading service for blind and print-handicapped persons.  Other activities include the California State Society Board, volunteering for Martha’s Table, and serving on her condominium board as well as the sport and fitness committee for the DC Jewish Community Center.  She is also engaged with the Greek-American and Greek Orthodox communities and enjoys traveling internationally as well as around the U.S. and especially appreciates visiting our universities!