Office of Government Relations

About Us

Learn more about the hard-working employees in our office that engage students on campus in civic issues and amplify student voices at the local, state, and national levels.

All ASUW student employees are paid by student dollars to serve students. We are quite literally here just for you! So, please always feel comfortable reaching out to us via the contact information listed under each team-member’s name, or by finding a time to connect virtually through our office hours. The ASUW Office Hours page shows each employee’s work schedule for that week, with ‘available’ times in green, scheduled ‘meetings’ in blue, and ‘unavailable’ hours (typically classes) in red. Check it out by clicking this link!  

Meet the Team

Director of Legislative Affairs MJ Mencias (she/her/hers)

4th-year studying Political Science and Law, Societies, and Justice

The Director of Legislative Affairs (DOLA) is the ASUW’s main student lobbyist, advocating for the student body at the local, state and federal levels. In addition to these responsibilities, the DOLA serves as the Chair of the Legislative Steering Committee, researches legislative issues of student interest, and communicates their work to the ASUW Board of Directors. Most importantly, the DOLA spends winter quarter working full time as a student lobbyist in Olympia, directly advocating for the ASUW Legislative Agenda and coordinating testimonies so that student’s stories can be heard in front of legislators. 

Connect with MJ by reaching out to or checking MJ’s hours page for a time to meet (virtually or in-person!).

Assistant Director Kimberly Ugaddan (she/her/hers)

Connect with Kim by reaching out to or checking Kim’s hours page for a time to meet (virtually or in-person!). 

3rd-year studying Political Science and Law, Societies, and Justice

The Assistant Director oversees the Office of Government Relations staff, strategic planning, and budget; serves as the Vice Chair of the Legislative Steering Committee; and coordinates research on legislative issues of interest to students. Additionally, the Assistant Director works cross-functionally with our communication and outreach teams to plan and execute annual events like Legislative Reception and Huskies on the Hill, for students to connect with their legislators so that students can advocate for the legislative agenda and their passions on and off campus.

Community Organizer Maya Matta (she/her/hers)

3rd year studying Business with a concentration in Information Systems and Marketing

The Community Organizer is responsible for the OGR’s outreach efforts. This includes building coalitions with relevant entities on and off campus to advocate for students, connecting community stakeholders to the efforts of the OGR, and supporting students in advocating for themselves in political spaces. The Community Organizer manages marketing for the office’s activities and initiatives and supports office staff as the coordinator of the internship and volunteer programs.

Connect with Maya by reaching out to or checking Maya’s hours page for a time to meet (virtually or in-person!).