Sabrina Midkiff Named Government Relations Chief
HOUSTON—(Jan. 13, 2006)— Sabrina Midkiff has been named Chief Governmental Relations Officer for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Midkiff first joined the health science center full time as a governmental relations consultant in March 2005, to assist with briefings to the 79th Texas Legislature.
“Dr. Willerson and I will work closely with Sabrina to continue to offer the health science center’s perspective to elected officials at various levels of government,” said UT Health Science Center Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Michael McKinney, M.D. “Sabrina’s many years of work in the governmental relations field will be of great benefit to the university.
Midkiff has almost 25 years of experience managing complex government affairs issues and legislation in Texas, Washington DC, Georgia, New York and Florida. She began her career as an intern in Congress and has worked for the Texas Governor, the Texas General Land Office, Houston Mayor Bob Lanier, and Houston-based Dynegy Inc. She has directed successful efforts on multi-million dollar projects related to energy deregulation, capital improvement, and environmental regulation. Her experience includes managing the City’s effort to gain legislative approval for financing professional sports arenas such as Minute Maid Park.
Midkiff’s experience also has included leadership and coordination of various industry interest groups and general public affairs strategy, such as representing the U.S. Conference of Mayors at the annual Japan Local Government Program in Tokyo and Kofu, Japan.
Midkiff is active in the Greater Houston Partnership’s state and federal relations committees and the Texas Medical Center’s Government Relations Advisory Committee. She is a board member of both the March of Dimes and Neighborhood Centers, Inc.
She graduated from Texas Lutheran University in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science. She also studied political science at American University in Washington DC.
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