Elizabeth Rafferty is a director of government relations in Williams Mullen’s Richmond office. As a member of the firm’s Government Relations practice, Elizabeth assists businesses, associations and individuals before Virginia’s legislative and executive branches of government, including state agencies and boards. Prior to joining Williams Mullen, Elizabeth was the policy and legislative director at the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), where she was responsible for oversight of the agency’s policy initiatives and legislative functions. Among other successes, Elizabeth helped launch GO Virginia, an economic development program designed to grow and diversify the Commonwealth’s economy.

Elizabeth Rafferty is a director of government relations in Williams Mullen’s Richmond office. As a member of the firm’s Government Relations practice, Elizabeth assists businesses, associations and individuals before Virginia’s legislative and executive branches of government, including state agencies and boards.**

Prior to joining Williams Mullen, Elizabeth was the policy and legislative director at the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), where she was responsible for oversight of the agency’s policy initiatives and legislative functions. Among other successes, Elizabeth helped launch GO Virginia, an economic development program designed to grow and diversify the Commonwealth’s economy.

While at DHCD, Elizabeth also worked as an advisor for community development for the secretary of commerce and trade in Governor Terry McAuliffe’s administration. She oversaw four agencies within the Commerce and Trade Secretariat — the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Virginia Housing Development Authority.

Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the College of William & Mary, and she earned a Master of Science degree in justice and public policy from American University.

** Elizabeth left her position in the Office of the Secretary of Commerce & Trade – where she worked directly with the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD), Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA), or Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) – to return to her position at the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) on Jan. 12, 2018. She left her position with DHCD to join Williams Mullen on May 18, 2018. Pursuant to Va. Code Ann. § § 2.2-3104, Elizabeth may not appear before the SBSD, VHDA, DPOR or DHCD in a representative capacity regarding legislation, executive orders or regulations promulgated by either office for one year. She is not under any restriction to represent client interests before the General Assembly, any other Commerce and Trade agencies or any other agency under the executive branch.  Elizabeth will be eligible to appear before the SBSD, VHDA, and DPOR on Jan. 12, 2019 and the DHCD on May 18, 2019.