About Our Team

 

Elena McSwiggen, Director of Financial Aid

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 in higher education, as well as promoting financial wellness overall.

Amanda Prasuhn, Associate Director of Financial Aid & LRAP

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

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).