Former Iowa State student and admissions counselor Sophia Magill returned to Iowa State Feb. 27 to become assistant director of federal relations. Magill most recently served in the U.S. Agency for International Development's Bureau for Management in Washington, D.C. She joins the president's office staff, where she will work on university priorities involving federally sponsored research and policies.
Magill served as special assistant to the acting assistant administrator in the Bureau for Management during the past year. Her previous posts include associate director in the department of campus programs at the University of Illinois at Chicago; senior admissions counselor at Iowa State; outreach coordinator and volunteer liaison in the Iowa governor's office; clerk in the Iowa House of Representatives; and executive director of the Iowa Cultural Coalition.
At Iowa State, Magill will report to associate vice president and chief of staff Miles Lackey, who oversees federal relations activities.
"I'm very pleased to welcome Sophia Magill back to Iowa State," Lackey said. "Eight years ago, she was on campus serving as Government of the Student Body president. Since then, she has gained valuable professional experience in government, higher education and the nonprofit sector -- all while continuing to support Iowa State through leadership in alumni activities."
Magill received a bachelor of arts degree in political sciences (2005) from Iowa State and a master of public administration (2010) from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Iowa State's previous federal relations officer was Allison Rosenberg. She held the post of director of federal relations through November 2012, when she resigned to accept another position.