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 (Staff members are not in the office to answer your call, but we are able to access voicemail. Feel free to leave a voicemail.)

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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 after several years of practice as a public interest environmental attorney. She previously worked at the Center for Biological Diversity using litigation to challenge agency actions on oceans, endangered species, and environmental health. She also worked at a small public interest law firm representing environmental groups in California-centric litigation to secure proper environmental review of land use projects, prevent water pollution violations, and protect endangered species from harmful policy proposals.

    She received her J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she graduated with pro bono distinction and was both a Ford Foundation law school public interest fellow and Levin Center public interest fellow. Amanda received a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Missouri in her home state.

  • 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.

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