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

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
Jacqueline Espinoza comes to our office from ASUCLA where she served as the Catering Sales Office Manager and was previously their Sales Representative Supervisor. During her academic career at UCLA, Jacqueline was a volunteer with the UC Student Association, served on the Latino Greek Council, and was an editor for La Gente Newsmagazine. She graduated in 2014 with a degree in Political Science, Chicano/a Studies and a minor in Labor & Workplace Studies. She continues to be a leader on campus through her involvement with the UCLA Latino/a Staff and Faculty Association and Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority.

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

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