St. Louis stands at a crossroads between what the region has been and what we can become. 

Chancellor Andrew Martin believes that WashU should not only be “in St. Louis,” it must be “for St. Louis.” By leveraging the university’s strengths, WashU can make substantial contributions to the region’s momentum and inclusive growth.

We are strengthening our partnerships within our community to forge a new way forward, by listening to, learning from and collaborating with local institutions to improve the quality of life for all people in the St. Louis region. 

While the history of both our university and our region are complicated, our stories are intertwined, and our success is bound together. By uniting in our efforts, we will develop solutions to our most vexing local challenges, which can then be scaled to impact lives across the globe.

WashU’s commitment to St. Louis’s future is a key pillar of our 10-year strategic plan, Here and Next. We look forward to hearing from our neighbors and friends in the St. Louis region so that we may work together to ensure that St. Louis and WashU grow into their great potential.

Meet our team

The St. Louis Initiatives team in the Office of the Chancellor serves as a “front door” to the university.  We collaborate with leaders across WashU to facilitate partnerships and connect the community to the university, ensuring that the university’s efforts align not only with its own goals but also with the needs and vision of the greater community. We invite you to join us, by exploring the strategic networks that WashU has already developed, or by building new bridges between your organization and ours.

Explore team member profiles

Lisa Weingarth

Senior Advisor for St. Louis Initiatives

Maggie Brockmeyer

St. Louis Initiatives Program Manager

Emily Wasserman

Digital Marketing and Communications Manager, St. Louis Initiatives

St. Louis is my home. I feel deeply invested and deeply rooted in making this place the best possible place for people to live and raise a family.

Lisa Weingarth, Senior Advisor for St. Louis Initiatives