- Director of Financial Aid
Lauren began her career in financial aid as a Federal Work-Study student in 2007 and has worked in this profession for over 10 years. She joined the Financial Aid Office at Berkeley Law in March 2022 and prior to Berkeley, Lauren worked as the Associate Director of Compliance and Systems at the University of San Francisco, Assistant Director of Financial Aid Processing and a Financial Aid Operations Coordinator for the Community College of Aurora, and as a Coordinator of Systems and FA Operations at Hawaii Pacific University. Additionally, she has previously managed financial aid programs like Pell, Satisfactory Academic Progress, R2T4, Federal and Private Student Loans, Scholarships, and California and Colorado State Grants. It has been Lauren’s passion to help students navigate through higher education and provide financial aid resources and education to help students pay for their education.
Lauren received her Master of Science in Management and Leadership in 2018, has a BA in Elementary Education, and is a Certified Personal Financial Manager.
- Director of Public Interest Financial Support
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, former public interest lawyer, and a student loan borrower herself, Amanda enjoys educating students about Berkeley Law’s public interest offerings and how to make public interest careers feasible and accessible to everyone.
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, she 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 volunteering with a local nonprofit that helps Oakland youth train for 5k – half marathon races at Lake Merritt. During weekdays you might find her grabbing a latte at Strada, eating lunch at Tacos Sinaloa, or walking around near the Campanile or Faculty Glade.
- 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).
- Financial Aid/LRAP Advisor
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.