Welcome to the Office of Government & Community Affairs

The office of Government and Community Affairs (GCA) for the Johns Hopkins University and Medicine 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.

The office 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 through lobbying, securing government support and funding, reducing risk through community benefit compliance and reporting, and improving community perception, positive outcomes and impact through outreach and development. 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, the states of Maryland and Florida, Baltimore City, Montgomery County and other Maryland local governments and the District of Columbia, and manages relationships with local, state and national nonprofit organizations. The office organizes and coordinates community outreach activities for all of Baltimore City emphasizing the communities around the East Baltimore, Homewood, Peabody, and Johns Hopkins Bayview campuses, and serves as a coordinator for community outreach activities around Johns Hopkins campuses outside the Baltimore area. The government and community affairs offices at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington D. C., as well as Strategic Initiatives/JHH Community Benefit also are members of GCA. The office coordinates Montgomery County policy and program matters with a shared resource in the Office of the Provost and with the Department of Community Health & Wellness at Suburban Hospital.  The office is an active partner with our neighbors in each community we serve by fostering community stability and growth and enhancing public safety. 



  • 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.