AACRAO’s William Gil recognized in annual list of top lobbyists

December 10, 2020
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AACRAO’s William Gil recognized in annual list of top lobbyists
Gil provides strong voice for higher education on the hill


William Gil, AACRAO Director, Government Relations, was recognized on the 2020 list of top lobbyists released by The Hill, a news website based in Washington, D..C., that covers politics.

“[All of the honorees] are key players on K Street — and the ones the nation’s biggest companies, labor unions and associations turn to when they want their voices heard in the nation’s capital,” according to the announcement. “The ranks of policy experts and influencers run deep in Washington, but these are the people who stand out for delivering results [...] in the halls of Congress and in the administration.”

AACRAO advocates for members, the students they serve, and higher education as a whole, on issues including the Higher Education Act, FERPA policy, negotiated rulemaking, and many other issues affecting higher education.

“Bill is one of only two individuals from higher education associations to be recognized,” said AACRAO Executive Director Mike Reilly. “His recognition reflects the great work he is doing for AACRAO on the hill.”

In a busy and challenging year, Gil’s advocacy was recognized as respected and effective.

“This country is truly the land of opportunity and I feel blessed to live here,” Gil said. “Quite the journey for a young boy that arrived to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at 9 years old from Venezuela and didn’t know a word of English.

“Truth be told it’s easy to advocate for an association that strives for increased access to higher education, equity and overall student success,” he added. “Thank you for the opportunity to work on your behalf.”


AACRAO is a non-profit, voluntary, professional association of more than 11,000 higher education professionals representing approximately 2,600 institutions in more than 40 countries. Its commitment to the professional development of its members includes best practice guidance on admissions strategies to meet institutional diversity objectives, delivery of academic programs in innovative ways to meet the needs of a changing student body, and exemplary approaches to student retention and completion.