Federal Relations Staff

Elizabeth Morra

Vice President for Federal Relations | Phone: 202-812-4224

Washington Office
750 1st Street NE, Suite 1110
Washington, DC 20002 

Ms. Morra is the primary liaison between the University of North Carolina System and the federal government. She works closely with the congressional delegation and their staff to advocate for university priorities and is the principal point of contact for University partnerships with the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) and other critical military partners.  Other duties include developing and implementing the Board of Governors’ Federal Agenda, analyzing and influencing federal higher education policy, coordinating the federal government relations efforts for the 17 campuses of the UNC System, and advising the president and Board of Governors on all federal and military issues.

Military Outreach

Kathie Sidner

Director of Defense & Military Partnerships | Phone: 919-962-6291

Chapel Hill Office
910 Raleigh Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27514

Ms. Sidner serves as a key facilitator to identify and connect UNC System research capabilities, scientific talent and related expertise with defense community applied research and technology needs.  She works closely with 17 institutions, the US Army Research Office, USASOC, other military partners, and the defense industry to help solve critical science and technology challenges for special operations forces and other military partners. Ms. Sidner coordinates activities of the UNC Defense Applications Group, a multidisciplinary group of UNC System subject matter experts, which coordinates workshops, projects, and internships. She also works with faculty and staff to increase Department of Defense sponsored research across the UNC System.