D’Elia Wernecke serves as the Associate Director of Governmental Affairs for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, where she advocates in support of member universities’ federal research policy priorities.
Before joining APLU, D’Elia served as Assistant Director of Government Relations for Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. In this role, she represented the university before federal government officials and agencies, closely monitored legislation and agency actions, facilitated interactions with university administrators and faculty in support of university initiatives, and cultivated relationships with elected and appointed officials to keep them informed on issues and initiatives important to the university and higher education. Prior to her full-time role with Virginia Tech’s Government Relations team, D’Elia also served as the office’s General Assembly Fellow, working with the Director of State Relations in Richmond, VA throughout her graduate degree program.
D’Elia holds a Master of Public and International Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in both English and Political Science from Virginia Tech.