The Office of Government and Community Relations acts as a liaison between MIT and the local, state, and federal government, working closely with the Cambridge City Council, the General Court (legislature) of Massachusetts, and the United States Congress. The Office also maintains liaison with the executive branches of state and local government and with many of the executive agencies of the federal government, as well as with several education associations based in Washington, DC.
The Office coordinates MIT's community relations activities in Cambridge and beyond, and supports the President's Office and the MIT community-at-large in a broad range of activities. The OGCR staff are available as a resource to members of the Institute community who need information or assistance with the government, and to MIT's neighbors who need guidance in their interactions with the Institute. The Office is firmly committed to promoting town-gown collaboration and understanding. At the Institute, this Office is a communications link, a catalyst for action, and a resource for both MIT and the external community.