Michael J. Pietkiewicz (Pit-kev-itch) is the Assistant Vice President for Government and Community Relations within the Office of the President at the University at Buffalo; State University of New York (UB). At UB, Mike manages the University’s interactions with government, community, labor and business leaders and advises the President on federal, state and local government issues.
Mike previously served as the Assistant Vice President of Government Relations focusing on Federal and State Government issues. In Washington, DC Mike represented UB on national advocacy groups including the Association of American of Universities (AAU) Council on Federal Relations (CFR), the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) where he served on the Executive Committee and the Science Coalition (TSC) Steering Committee.
Prior to his work at UB, Mike served as the Senior Legislative Assistant to Congressman Jack Quinn (R-NY), a moderate Republican leader in the U.S. House of Representatives. Serving in Rep. Quinn's Washington Office from January 1995-July 1999, his duties included the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, of which Mr. Quinn was a member, as well as major labor initiatives including Mr. Quinn's successful effort to raise the minimum wage.
Before moving to Washington, DC, Mike was a Staff Assistant in Rep. Quinn's Buffalo, NY office where he served as the Congressman's Veteran's Affairs and Community Outreach Coordinator from 1993-1995.
Mike has a BA in Political Science and History from Canisius College of Buffalo, NY where he was a member of the Canisius College varsity football team (1988-1992).
In 2008 Mike was recognized as one of Buffalo’s “40 under Forty” for his record of professional success and community involvement by Buffalo’s Business First Newspaper. He currently serves as the President of the University Park Block Club, represents the university on the Executive Committee of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce, is a Board member for the Great Lakes Experience and is actively involved with WNY Dining Out for Life. He, his wife Susan, their son Jackson and daughter Willa make their home in the City of Buffalo, NY.