Legislative Affairs Commission

Hilary Nguyen

Legislative Affairs Commissioner

My name is Hilary Nguyen! Last year I was a Federal Affairs intern under Legislative Affairs Commission and this year I am happily serving as the Legislative Director of the 2019-2020 academic school year! I am currently a third-year political science and international studies double major from the SoCal. I plan to dedicate my life to advocacy and travel after finishing my education. Being part of ASUCI is one of the first steps I am taking to achieve this goal. 

I am passionate about hearing stories and reaching out to students to give them the opportunity and platform to advocate and lobby for what they believe in. I would love to hear your story and what you want to advocate for, shoot me an email: legislativeaffairs@asuci.uci.edu or if you would like to see me in person, visit my office hours!

Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 11am-12pm

Email: legislativeaffairs@asuci.uci.edu

Andrea Martinez

Legislative Affairs Aide

Hello everyone! I am Andrea G. Martinez and I am a second-year, majoring in Biological Sciences. I will be your Fund the U.C. Coordinator for the 2019-2020 school year! 

You can also find me constantly volunteering in all things animal-related and I’m currently finishing up my last quarter as Freshman Senator. It is important to take part in all communities, especially those that deal with your education. The overall goal is to strive towards a tuition-free U.C.! I can’t wait to work with all sorts of amiable and inventive individuals to make leaps of progress while always keeping our students here at UCI in mind. I am beyond excited to be working with the Fund the U.C. campaign with the hopes of increasing the affordability, accessibility, and the overall quality of the University of California in Irvine.

Office Hours: Tues. 3:30pm-4:30pm; Thurs. 2:30pm-3:30pm

Zehra Patail

Local Legislative Coordinator

Hi there! My name is Zehra Patail, I use she/her/hers pronouns and I am a third year Public Health Policy major with a possible double major in Psychology. I hope to become a nurse practitioner one day and work in underserved communities to prevent chronic diseases. I decided to join the EVP office because after getting the chance to lobby, I was amazed by how much power a young student of color like myself has and how much privilege this opportunity holds. I decided to join as Local Coordinator to help make a difference for my peers and make the UCs, Irvine, and California a more inclusive, supportive, and fair environment for everyone.

Office Hours: Wednesdays 10am-12pm

Email: locallegislative@asuci.uci.edu

Andy Yam

State Legislative Coordinator

Hi yall! My name is Andy Yam and I will be serving as your Statewide Legislative Affairs Coordinator for the 2019-2020 school year. I am currently a third year political science major from the city of Monterey Park (626). One of my favorite activities is talking about politics while drinking boba milk tea so feel free to stop by for a chat at any point but just make sure to bring the boba!  I am looking forward to hearing from you, the students, on statewide issues y'all care about and to help make your voices heard to our elected officials.

Office Hours: Tuesdays 10am-11am

Email: statelegislative@asuci.uci.edu

Cindy El Jamrah

Federal Legislative Coordinator

Hi! My name is Cindy El Jamrah and I’m your Federal Coordinator for 2019-2020 school year. I am currently a second year Political Science major.

Under my position I will be working with other coordinators and interns to conduct lobby visits and uplift the voices on campus. We will do this through lobby visits and through our presence in government affiliated and community events such as representatives’ town halls. 

My priority is to get students to input issues, so we can raise them on a state and federal level. From Public university costs to basic needs and housing security, we will work together to help target these issues and advocate for UCI students.

I strive to inform students on what we advocate for and want to know how I can best serve each one of you. Contact me on any issues I can address that will help make your experience at UCI the best it can be!

Office Hours: Wednesdays  1:00-2:00pm

Email: federallegislative@asuci.uci.edu

Diego Castro

ACQUIRE Coordinator

Hello! I am a fourth-year undergraduate studying Political Science and Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine. I transferred from Pasadena City College in Fall 2018 with two associate degrees. I was born in El Salvador and then moved to Los Angeles when I was 10 years. I am extremely passionate about serving other students from marginalized communities who similarly struggle reaching higher education. I do my best to be a strong activist for undocumented students at UCI and a member of SAFIRE since 2018. I was also part of SAFIRE’s committee responsible for the Non-DACA campaign in 2018 at UCI that helped bring awareness and consciousness to the Dream Project Fellowship (DPF). I have also conducted research with Professor Laura Enriquez in the Undocumented Student Equity Project (USEP), finding the best resources for undocumented students. I was also selected to be the representative in the Undocumented Student Coalition, advocating and create actions for all undocumented students both at UCI and all UCs. I am also a commuter student traveling from L.A to UCI (I always try to leave early in the morning to avoid traffic lol). When I graduate from UCI, I will pursue a PhD program to research archaic Immigration Policies that disenfranchise certain members and benefits others.

Office Hours: Fridays 10am-12pm

Email: acquire@asuci.uci.edu

Ada Mariano

Fund the UC Coordinator

Office Hours: 

Email: fundtheuc@asuci.uci.edu

Our staff is primarily responsible for conducting lobby visits with legislators and public officials to advocate for issues that affect students in addition to phone banking and holding town halls.

We also work intensively with the Organizing Commission to create and carry out comprehensive campaigns for federal, statewide, and local affairs.

The Legislative Affairs Commission essentially advocates for students off campus and is the reminder for officials that higher education accessibility and affordability is their priority.

Structure of the Legislative Affairs Commission

The Legislative Affairs Commission is separated into three focuses.

Each focus has a coordinator which leads the efforts that correlate to their position description.

All Legislative Affairs Coordinators are overseen by the Legislative Affairs Commissioner.

The Legislative Affairs Commission collectively works on projects that have been delegated by any of the following peoples; the Commissioner, Chief of Staff, External Vice President or of course the students of this University.

Please read below to learn more about what each coordinator contributes to the Legislative Affairs Commission.

LOCAL LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS COORDINATOR: The Local Legislative Affairs Coordinator will serve to advocate for the student body at the local level. This includes lobbying the Irvine City Council, engaging in community organizations on and off campus, and increasing the transparency between students and the UCI administration. Issues that will be worked on will primarily center around basic needs security, police accountability, and voter engagement. This year, we plan to work side by side with UCI Decide to get students to vote for the Midterm elections in November. As well as, we plan to host or go to town halls in order to get students more involved with the local government here in Irvine. We want also are aiming to visit the representatives that represent our students in district and develop a better relationship or know between them and our students. Long term goal is get students to grow their knowledge of what the local government can do for them and get them more knowledgeable about what their role is as a citizen is within the local structure.

STATE LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS COORDINATOR: The State staff will serve to advocate for the student body at the state level. Advocacy efforts primarily center on our state legislators, UC Office of the President (UCOP), and the UC Regents. We work in partnership with the University of California Student Association (UCSA) who provide support in Sacramento as well as AFSCME (the largest trade union in the US). Legislation supported in the 2017 - 2018 year include helping the undocumented community (SB 54, AB 540), basic needs security (SB 307), and college affordability (AB 1178). State staff also help to prepare students to lobby in Sacramento during UCSA’s Student Lobby Conference (SLC). Time will primarily be spent hosting town halls, phone banking, and participating in lobby visits both in-district and at the state capitol.

FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS COORDINATOR: The Federal Staff will serve to advocate for the student body at the federal level. Advocacy efforts will primarily target members of the Senate and House of Representatives. Legislation supported include those that help our most vulnerable communities within UCI and as always fighting to fund our education. Time will primarily be spent hosting town halls, phone banking, e-advocacy efforts, connecting with national organizations, and participating in lobby visits both in-district and at DC.