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The Office of Government Affairs and Community Relations:

  • Provides leadership and supervision for NOVA's government and public affairs.
  • Participates in the development and promotion of legislative priorities.
  • Coordinates the development and implementation of legislative strategy.
  • Participates in local, state and federal legislative activities.
  • Participates in community-based educational, corporate and cultural activities.
  • Coordinates a process of identification and development of new strategic community relationships with potential members of the College Board and NOVA Educational Foundation Board.
  • Coordinates a process of identification and development of new strategic relationships with key members of the legislature and local government as well as business and civic leaders in the community.
  • Provides assistance for groundbreaking ceremonies and building dedications.
  • Assists the President in providing staff support to the College Board.

Tykesha Myrick

Tykesha Myrick

Tykesha Myrick serves as the Chief of Staff for the President and the liaison between NOVA and the U.S. Congress and executive agencies. In addition, she provides logistical support, monitors and analyzes legislation and regulations, coordinates visits to government agencies, and communicates current topics of interest to NOVA partners and stakeholders.

Tykesha has served NOVA in several roles, including Coordinator of Student Success, Campus Financial Aid Manager, Adjunct SDV Instructor, and Virtual Advisor. Additionally, she served as a member of the American Council of Education Virginia Network Senior Women’s Leadership Seminar, NOVA Women’s Network Advisory Board, College Senate, and campus chair for Achieving the Dream.

Tykesha earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from The University of South Carolina and a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Walden University.

Amanda Wilder

Amanda Wilder serves as the Acting Associate Director for Federal Relations and works with the NOVA College Board.

Amanda has worked at NOVA since 2009 as a counselor in various roles supporting students at all phases of their engagement with NOVA from high school through college graduation and has taught as an SDV Instructor.

She was twice elected by her peers as chair of the College Senate and has also served as chair of the College Staff Forum Council. Amanda brings her experience in shared governance along with a breadth of understanding of NOVA and its students to the Office of Government Affairs and Community Relations.

Amanda holds a master's in counseling psychology from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and a bachelor's in biology from Rhodes College.

Bob Hull

Bob Hull

Bob Hull serves as Public Relations and Marketing Specialist for the Office of Government Affairs. He also supports the Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation.

Bob works to build and promote positive relationships between the college, community and business organizations, government agencies, and elected officials throughout Northern Virginia.

He has worked at NOVA since 2013 and previously served as the Annandale Campus Community Outreach Specialist. Prior to his tenure at NOVA, Bob served as Director of Development for a non-profit organization and as a business development and marketing consultant.

Bob earlier served for 17 years as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, serving on the Counties, Cities, and Towns; Finance; General Laws; and other committees, and a number of study commissions. He also won a number of public service awards from community and business groups for his legislative service.

A NOVA alumnus, Bob graduated with an A.S. degree in Science and transferred to Virginia Tech, where he earned a B.S. degree, attended graduate school, and was active in student organizations.

Joni Keaton

Joni Keaton

Joni Keaton Joni Keaton serves as an Administrative Assistant in the Office of the President. She supports College Government Affairs and the NOVA College Board.

Prior to joining the team at NOVA, she served as an AmeriCorps member with a local housing non-profit in Montgomery County, MD, helping with client outreach, volunteer coordination, and project management. She subsequently worked as a staff member supporting the development, communications, and marketing efforts of the organization.

Joni has an extensive background in dance and continues to teach and perform with dance companies in the DMV area. She has also been involved with the Montgomery County Board of Elections since 2010, serving first as a Future Vote volunteer and then as an Election Judge to help facilitate operations at local polling locations for primary and general elections.

Joni earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet Performance from the University of Oklahoma.

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