Welcome to the Office of Government & Community Affairs


The Office of Government and Community Affairs (GCA) works to build and strengthen Johns Hopkins‘ relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders, policymakers, business and community leaders, and neighborhood residents, whose interest and support are vital to the mission of Johns Hopkins.  GCA staff members serve both the Johns Hopkins University and the Johns Hopkins Health System by representing and coordinating the efforts of both institutions at the federal, state, and local levels and in surrounding communities.  GCA also serves as a resource for Johns Hopkins internal audiences by keeping those audiences apprised of risks and opportunities arising from policymakers’ proposals and actions.

GCA manages Johns Hopkins government relations with the federal government, Maryland state, Baltimore city, and the District of Columbia, as well as in local, state and national nonprofit organizations. We organize and coordinate community outreach activities for all of Baltimore City emphasizing the communities around the East Baltimore, Homewood, Peabody, and JH Bayview campuses, and serve as a coordinator for community outreach activities around Johns Hopkins campuses outside the Baltimore area.  These programs focus on health services and resources, capacity building, and improving education outcomes.  We are an active partner with our neighbors in fostering community stability and growth and enhancing public safety.

The office is headed by Thomas Lewis, Vice President for Government and Community Affairs at The Johns Hopkins University and Vice President for Government and Community Affairs at Johns Hopkins Medicine.



  • Team Hopkins at the 7th Annual Marian House
    Race to Embrace Independence 5K Run and Walk
    100 members of the Johns Hopkins Community participated in the 7th Annual Marian House Race to Embrace 5K Run and Walk.
    Marian House is a holistic, healing community for women and their children who are in need of housing and support services. They provide a safe, sober, and loving environment that challenges women to respect and love themselves, confront emotional and socioeconomic issues, and transition to stable and independent lives.