Staff

 

Renee McPhatter, Esq.

As the Assistant Vice President for Government and Community Relations, Renee manages the strategic direction of the federal, state and local governmental activities of the university, as well as its community and business relations. Before taking this position in August 2011, Renee served as general counsel for the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services. She previously served as deputy director of policy and legislative affairs for former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and director of the D.C. Smoke Free Campaign for the American Cancer Society. Earlier in her career, Renee worked for D.C. Councilmember Kathy Patterson and former U.S. Rep. Sam Coppersmith (D-Ariz.). Renee earned her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her law degree from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. She resides in the District with her son.

Kevin Michael Days

As the Director of Community Relations, Kevin serves as a liaison between GW and local residents, coordinating GW’s neighborhood outreach and engagement efforts. Kevin has been a nonprofit professional for over 20 years and has held a variety of positions during his career. He worked with Serve DC to help nonprofits increase their capacity and served as the Director of Finance and Operations for the Sustainable Futures Public Charter School. He also served as the Advisor for Higher Education at the Corporation for National and Community Service.  Prior to moving to DC, Kevin was the first Executive Director of the New York Campus Compact, a statewide higher education organization that worked to renew the civic mission of colleges and universities. Kevin graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York, Plattsburgh, and earned a Masters in African-American History from Cornell University. Kevin lives in Burke, VA with his wife, 3 beautiful children, and 2 dogs.

 

Matthew Grill

As the Director of Federal Relations, Matthew serves as a liaison between GW and the federal government where he conducts outreach and engagement with congressional, agency, and Administration stakeholders. Before joining the Office of Community and Government Relations, Matthew spent six years in the Senate Bill Clerk’s office. In this role he served on the Secretary of the Senate’s floor staff assisting Senators and staff of both parties with the legislative process. Prior to the Bill Clerk’s office, he served in United States Senator Robert P. Casey’s office and the Obama White House. Matthew completed his undergraduate education at American University and holds a Masters in Legislative Affairs from the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. He currently lives in Northeast DC with his partner and their two cats.

 

Gabrielle Sosa

As the Assistant Director of Government Relations, Gabrielle serves as a liaison between the GW community and local District government and agencies, handles the OGCR's external stakeholder engagement and supports community relations. Before coming to GW, Gabrielle served as a Legislative Aide for Novartis's Federal Affairs Department and was a Digital Marketing Manager for Shark Branding Solutions. Gabrielle recieved her undergraduate degree from Florida State University in  2018 and is currently persuing a Masters' of Public Administration from GW, expected 2022. She lives at the warf with her partner and cat.