About Our Team

How to Reach Us

Feel free to reach out by email or phone:

Financial Aid: financial-aid@law.berkeley.edu

LRAP: lrap@law.berkeley.edu

Phone: 510-642-1563

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Our Team

  • Elena McSwiggen

    • Director of Financial Aid
    • she/her/hers

    Elena began her financial aid career at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2006 where she specialized in helping students obtain federal, state, and institutional aid, with a focus on first generation and underrepresented students. She subsequently joined Berkeley Law in 2014 and continues her passion of alleviating the financial challenges students face and promoting financial wellness in higher education.

  • Amanda Prasuhn

    • Associate Director of Financial Aid & LRAP
    • she/her/hers

    Amanda joined the Financial Aid Office in 2018 after several years of practice as a public interest environmental attorney. As a first-gen college student and student loan borrower herself, Amanda enjoys educating students about LRAP, PSLF, and loan repayment and advocating for better student loan borrower protections.

    She previously worked at the Center for Biological Diversity and a small public interest law firm representing environmental groups in litigation on land use, endangered species, oceans, and water pollution. In 2015, Amanda received her J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she graduated with pro bono distinction and was public interest fellow. In 2012, Amanda received a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Missouri in her home state.

    Amanda spends her spare time running and hiking in the East Bay hills, camping in the mountains, and picnicking with friends at local parks. She is also the communications director for a local nonprofit that helps Oakland youth train for 5k - half marathon races every Saturday at Lake Merritt. During weekdays you might find her grabbing a latte a Strada, eating lunch at Tacos Sinaloa, or walking around near the Campanile or Faculty Glade.

  • Jorge Magaña

    • Associate Director of Financial Aid
    • he/him/his

    Jorge joined the Financial Aid Office in 2019. He has worked in financial aid for over 5 years and previously worked in financial aid at Loyola Marymount University, University of California, Santa Cruz, and Monterey Peninsula College. Jorge has a particular interest in financial wellness, financial aid policy, and improving college access and success, specifically for first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students.

    He received an M.A. in International Education Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University and a B.A. in International Development Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

  • Rosana Hill-Thomas

    • Financial Aid/LRAP Advisor
    • she/her/hers

    With over nine years of experience in student support services, aid and academic advising, Rosana joined Berkeley Law in 2020 to continue her passion of assisting students pursuing higher education. She has experience working with underrepresented and first generation students, along with the management of programs that provided college access and support for former foster and juvenile justice youth.