Government and Community Relations

The Government and Community Relations (GCR) office builds relationships with community leaders, elected officials, government agencies and third party advocates to further the mission of UC Berkeley in the public sector.  

The issues of primary focus for the GCR team include student financial aid, admissions, scientific research and other policies at the forefront of higher education and government. 

GCR also coordinates the University’s response to a wide range of political and policy issues, and advises administrators and faculty on strategies to gain constructive dialogue with government and community leaders.

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Government and Community Relations

2200 Bancroft Way*
Berkeley, CA 94720-4204
(510) 387.8639

*please note, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GCR is working remotely


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Christine Treadway

Christine Treadway 

Assistant Chancellor, Government and Community Relations

Christine Treadway is the Assistant Chancellor, Government and Community Relations at the University of California, Berkeley. A public policy professional with more than 25 years of experience working on higher education issues in government and university positions, Ms. Treadway manages a team of external relations staff who represent the University with policy makers at the federal, state and local level. In this position she serves as a political advisor to senior campus leaders and oversees a comprehensive governmental relations portfolio including legislative, budgetary, regulatory, and advocacy strategies.

Ms. Treadway has an extensive policy background working on higher education issues in several positions in the U.S. House of Representatives. She served as the Senior Advisor on Higher Education for the House Education and Labor Committee, and was a Legislative Assistant for the House Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education. She also served as a Legislative Assistant on education issues for Congressman Pat Williams (D-MT). She holds a B.S. degree in Political Science and International Relations from Montana State University.

Prior to her position at UC Berkeley, Ms. Treadway was the Director of Government and Community Relations at San Francisco State University for 12 years. She also served as Assistant Director of the California State University Office of Federal Relations in Washington, DC. In addition to her legislative work, she also has experience working on political campaigns, fundraising, and grant-writing. Contact her at

Esther Gulli

Esther Gulli

Executive Director, Government and Community Relations

Esther Gulli serves as the Executive Director of the Government and Community Relations team.  She has been part of the campus community since 2002 and has served as the Deputy Director and Director of Federal Relations of the Office of Government and Community Relations as well as the Chief of Staff for the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. 

Prior to coming to California, she spent more than a decade in Washington, D.C. where she worked at the White House, the US Treasury, The Department of Education and the US House of Representatives. Esther is a Tennessee native and a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Contact her at

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Gina Daly

Director, Federal Government Relations

Gina Banks Dalyjoined UC Berkeley as the Director of Federal Relations in early 2015. She previously worked in the same role for UC Davis since 2011. In her position with UC Berkeley, she is the chief federal advocate for the campus, including serving as spokesperson for federal policymakers and administrative officials. She develops and promotes policy and funding priorities for campus leadership, faculty and students. Daly works with the regional Congressional delegation and appropriators to increase federal research funding, student financial aid and prevent budget cuts. Providing timely and detailed analysis of legislative proposals and their impact on UC Berkeley allows the campus to give critical feedback to elected officials. She currently serves as Chair of the Council on Government Affairs for the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) and has previously served in a number of leadership capacities for the American Association of Universities (AAU) and APLU.

Prior to working for the University of California, she was Director of Field Services for United States Senator Dianne Feinstein. She represented the Senator in 28 Northern California counties, including advising the Senator on local, regional and statewide issues. Gina began her political career in Washington, DC working on Capitol Hill for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senator Feinstein. She received her Masters in Public Policy from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and graduated cum laude with Honors in Government from Claremont McKenna College. She lives in the Bay Area of California with her husband Kieran and two children, William and Juliet. Contact her at

Adrian Diaz

Adrian Diaz

Director, State Government Relations

Adrian Diaz is UC Berkeley's Director of State Government Relations. In his role he generates support for the University's state legislative and budget priorities and responds to a wide range of political and policy issues. He has worked in the Office of Government & Community Relations since 2005 and has managed local, state, and federal matters on behalf of the university.

Adrian has served as the interim Legislative Director in the University of California's Office of State Government Relations in Sacramento, managing the portfolio of academic and student affairs legislation for UC. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, he worked at a communications firm in San Francisco advancing communications strategies for various agencies and non-profits including the United Way, The California Wellness Foundation, and the California Secretary of State. He interned in then-Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Communications Office and served as an aide to the Mayor’s Education Advisor. Adrian has a BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley, is a graduate of the Berkeley Leadership Development Program, and completed the Certificate Program in Project Management at UC Berkeley Extension. Contact him at

Ruben Lizardo

Director, Local Government and Community Relations

As Director of Local Government and Community Relations, Rubén is the liaison between the Campus and the City of Berkeley, Richmond and other cities in the East Bay. Ruben also plays a leadership role in supporting local and regional campus-community partnerships across the East Bay and greater Bay Area.

For much of his career, Rubén has worked with local community organizations and city government, as well as with state and federal policy makers in Oakland, Richmond, San Francisco, Sacramento, Stockton, Salinas, Fresno, Los Angeles, Watts, San Diego and more. Rubén comes to UC Berkeley with an extensive background in community outreach, organizing and research. As Senior Director at Oakland-based PolicyLink, he led efforts in research, public education, training, and technical assistance to strengthen community and civic participation in local decision-making and economic development. Rubén has a long history establishing successful partnerships in education, health and the economy. While at PolicyLink he also coordinated the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color. During his time at California Tomorrow, he established the Community College Equity Network. While in Los Angeles, Rubén served as Co-Director of the MultiCultural Collaborative (MCC); and as the Director of the Community Planning & Economic Development Program at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. Rubén served as President of the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission, and was awarded the California Peace Price for his work to reduce youth violence. Contact him at

Michelle Moskowitz

Director, Advocacy and Institutional Relations

Michelle Moskowitz serves as the Director of Advocacy and Institutional Relations in the Office of Government and Community Relations at UC Berkeley. She has served as a professional ambassador for UC Berkeley since 1997, building political, policy, and financial support for the campus. Her focus has been the campus’s research & development priorities and assisting distinguished administrators and faculty, post-docs and graduate students with communicating scientific priorities to elected officials in Washington DC and Sacramento. In this capacity, she leads efforts to advance Cal's research, teaching, and public service mission by engaging government officials and policy makers, and building effective coalitions with business, industry, national labs, and education associations. Her expertise includes successful efforts to increase Cal's visibility with law makers, and public funding agencies, and forging relationships between policy makers and campus subject-matter experts.Michelle has a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s of Arts from Barnard College of Columbia University. She earlier served as an investigative analyst under Robert Morgenthau, the District Attorney of the City of New York, and as a researcher for the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, DC. She currently serves on the Board of UC Berkeley Hillel and the Coro Foundation for Civic Leadership in San Francisco, and spent eight years on the Board of the Jewish Community Relations Council for the San Francisco Metropolitan Area. Contact her at
Jen Loy

Jen Loy

Associate Director, Government and Community Relations

As the Associate Director, Jen Loy assists with the implementation of GCR strategic plans, fostering relationships with elected officials and their staff, and external communities to promore legislative and budgetery advocacy efforts on behalf of UC Berkeley. She also leads external communications efforts, including editing GCR's weekly newsletter. At the State level, she implements cultivation strategies and outreach activites with elected officials and their staff, and state agencies and executive branch officials. At the Local level, she supports partnerships between the campus and local communities, including Berkeley and Richmond, manages the Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund,and works with city, community and institutional partners on a number of local initiatives related to student-neighbor relations. Jen draws on a long history of community and economic development experience in the Bay Area and a passion for social and health equity.

An East Bay resident since 1991 when she arrived to attend UC Berkeley as an undergrad, Jen moved to Richmond in 2007 and has worked with her neighbors to secure safe recreational space for youth, families and seniors. She also worked with the Richmond City Manager's office, helping to implement the Community Health and Wellness Element of the city's General Plan. Before moving to Richmond, she was the founder of an arts and culture nonprofit and a small business entrepreneur in Oakland, where she and her business partner helped establish the Oakland Art Murmur. Jen earned a dual master's degree in city planning and public health from UC Berkeley. Her research and community-driven work was based on participatory processes and meaningful resident engagement. She is a Richmond planning commissioner, and serves as the board secretary for two Richmond-based nonprofits, Urban Tilth and the Safe Return Project. Contact her at