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State Relations builds relationships while developing and implementing strategies to advance UW–Madison’s priorities with the state legislature, the governor and other state agencies.


Crystal Potts, Director of State Relations
Crystal Potts presents a Legislative Update on Campus
Two women smiling while posing with a cow
Crystal Potts takes a moment to meet former Vet Med patient, Rejoice on the Lyn-Vale Farm in Waldo, WI

Crystal Potts
Director State Relations
89 Bascom Hall




Crystal Potts is the Director of State Relations for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her role, she serves as the point-of-contact for state government relations, including the governor’s office, state legislature, and state agencies. She also assists in the creation and implementation of a statewide advocacy effort on behalf of the university.

Crystal previously served as the chief of staff to Wisconsin State Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green). In this capacity, she also supported the legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee as the senate staff lead on tax and local government issues. She also served as the research assistant and staff clerk to the Committee on Ways & Means in the State Assembly early in her career at the Wisconsin State Capitol.

Originally from the Twin Cities, Crystal is a proud graduate of UW-Madison with a BA in political science and Chinese. She lives in Fitchburg with her husband, son, dog, and two cats.


State Relations along with University Relations is developing and delivering messages on UW–Madison priorities with the state legislature while fostering relationships throughout the state.

As of late April, 2018, the state Legislature finished its work for the last session. Read an update about the last session.