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.


Britany J. Waddell, AICP

As the Director of Community Relations, Britany serves as a liaison between GW and local residents, coordinating GW’s neighborhood outreach and community efforts. She joined OGCR’s staff in 2007 following several years in the field of community development. Previously, as a Planner for the City of Monroe, North Carolina, she reviewed and approved development projects, worked on public-private ventures to provide low-income housing, and facilitated community and neighborhood discussions that allowed public feedback into the city planning process. Britany holds membership in the American Planning Association, American Institute of Certified Planners, Society of College and University Planners, National Association of Realtors, and North Carolina Community Development Association. She earned a master’s degree in liberal studies from Wake Forest University and a bachelor’s degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


David Baker 

As the Director of Virginia Government Relations for GW, David is responsible for the university’s working with with state and county officials and agencies and the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV).  Before taking this position in June 2014, David served as a Senior Consultant in Government Relations for CGI Federal, a Fairfax-based IT services and consulting firm. David received his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Mary Washington, and expects to receive a master's degree in public policy from GW's Trachtenberg School for Public Administration and Public Policy. He resides in Virginia with his wife and two children.


Askia Suruma 

As GW’s Director of Government and International Relations, Askia is responsible for the University’s contacts with Capitol Hill, foreign embassies and other federal agencies.  Before taking this position in September 2014, Askia served as the Democratic Staff Director of the House Ways and Means Committee. While there, he worked on a variety of issues under the Committee’s jurisdiction, including tax, trade and health care.  During his 21 years on the Hill, Askia served in a variety of positions, including Deputy Staff Director at the House Rules Committee, Issues Director at the Democratic Caucus, and Press Secretary for Congressman Martin Frost. Askia received his bachelor's degree in international economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1994, and expects to receive a master’s degree in international policy from GW's Elliott School of International Affairs in 2017. He resides in Virginia with his wife and daughter. 


Iana Clarence 

As OGCR’s Executive Assistant, Iana serves as the primary contact for the office while supporting the office’s broad portfolio by assisting in special projects and events. Prior to joining George Washington in 2015, Iana served as the Administrative Coordinator to the Vice Chair of Academic Affairs in the Department of Surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Iana received her bachelor’s degree in health administration from George Mason University and expects to receive her master’s in public health from The George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health in 2017.