Will Hansen, executive director of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee spoke to the Alliance on Sunday night in the New Richmond south commons room.
Hansen, who is an alumnus of Murray State, spoke about his time at the University along with his life and job in Washington, D.C.
A 2002 graduate, Hansen was involved with the Student Government Association as vice president and he is a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.
As executive director of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee he oversees all activities of the committee’s economists, policy and administrative staff.
“It is great to be a LGBT staffer on the hill,” Hansen said. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was a wonderful experience being on the hill when that happened.”
Hansen said he has been lucky because in Washington, D.C., it is good to be LGBT friendly.
“On the hill, it can be frustrating every now and then when you have to interact with staffers and other members of congress that are more conservative,” Hansen said. “You can’t show your frustration because it can be seen as unprofessional.”
After his opening remarks, Hansen opened the floor for questions. Alliance members were interested in his involvement with Greek life on campus.
Alliance president, Will Heath said the group wants to have more outreach with the Greek organizations on campus.
Heath said he was open to advice from Hansen on Alliance outreach.
Hansen will be on campus Tuesday to meet with different faculty members such as Jeanie Morgan and Don Robertson.