Our Work

UCLA’s Federal Government Relations (FGR) unit within the Office of Government and Community Relations represents the Chancellor and the University in engaging with Members of Congress and their staffs, the White House, and Executive Branch agencies. Our goal is to promote UCLA’s academic, research, and public service missions in an effort to build Federal support for campus programs and activities. FGR provides support to both the campus and to the University of California’s FGR office in Washington, DC.

The FGR program manages relationships with:

The issues we cover vary widely, including higher education programs, student aid, budget and appropriations, science and technology, arts and humanities, environmental sustainability, tax policy, copyright and intellectual property laws, and other regulations. Simply put, any interaction between UCLA and the Federal government is a focus for the FGR team. With more than $500 million in federally-supported research projects and more than one-third of our undergraduate students receiving federal financial aid, our success is critical to UCLA’s future. However, our Federal advocacy program can only be successful with the support and involvement of students, faculty, alumni and advocates in our efforts to broaden the awareness of UCLA activities at the Federal level.

Staff & Portfolios

Francisco Carrillo
Executive Director of Federal Relations | fcarrillo@support.ucla.edu
Francisco is an alumnus of UCLA and recently moved back from Washington, DC where he served at the Departments of Energy and Interior during the Obama Administration, and in Congress for Leader Nancy Pelosi and the House Appropriations Committee. In his role as the director of our overall strategy for engagements with Congress, the White House and executive branch agencies, he aims to position UCLA as an influential force in federal policy debates with the insights and relationships gained during his fourteen years in DC. Francisco covers budget and appropriations, higher education issues and Veterans’ affairs, as well as all other issues.

Mary Luevano
Assistant Director, Federal Relations | mluevano@support.ucla.edu
Mary is an alumna of UCLA and was previously the Vice President of Global Green where she focused on climate and clean energy advocacy. She currently serves as a CA Coastal Commissioner and previously worked for Members of Congress for 8 years. Mary covers the following issues for the Government Relations office: Sustainability and Climate Change, Environment, Energy, Foreign Affairs, Science and Technology.

Lisa Hasegawa
Assistant Director, Federal Relations | lhasegawa@support.ucla.edu
Lisa is an alumna of UCLA and recently moved back from Washington DC where she served as the Executive Director of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development for 15 years. She also worked for the Department of Health and Human Services and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Lisa covers the following issues for the Government Relations office: Immigration, Health (except for School of Medicine related issues), Economic Development and Employment, Tax Reform, Data policy, Consumer Protection, Transportation and Housing.

Jacqueline Espinoza
Administrative Assistant | jespinoza@support.ucla.edu

Zoya Chhabra
Student Intern | zchhabra@support.ucla.edu

Christopher Opara, Jr.
Student Intern | copara@support.ucla.edu

Sabina Li
Student Intern | sali@support.ucla.edu