Kiley Barton

Council Chair

Kiley Barton currently is a 2nd year Master of Public Policy candidate at UC Irvine. Her focus areas include education policy and early childhood policy. This year she will be serving as the Vice President of External Affairs for UC Irvine's Associated Graduate Students. Previously, Kiley served as the Legislative Director for the External team for AGS, a time during which she represented UC Irvine for UCGPC. She is also the Social Chair for UC Irvine's Public Policy Student Association. Kiley is passionate about public service and advocating for social justice. She is dedicated to uplifting graduate student voices as Council Chair, as well as helping to further UCGPC's continued growth as an organization. Outside of academics and work, Kiley lives in Long Beach with her partner and their two cats. You can find her reading for pleasure, particularly LGBTQ+ fiction, trying new brunch places, and taking day trips around SoCal.

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Hayden Schill


Hayden Schill is a PhD candidate in Experimental Psychology at UC San Diego. Her research focuses on understanding visual working and long-term memory for complex images. Previously, she served as the Vice President of External Affairs for the UCSD Graduate & Professional Student Association and UCGPC Board Member. Her advocacy interests include equity in higher education and issues related to climate change, such as food security and transit. When not advocating for graduate students or working on her dissertation, Hayden can be found exploring San Diego or walking along the beach with her dog.


Ernesto Arciniega

Vice Chair 

Ernesto Arciniega is a PhD candidate in Hispanic Literatures at UCLA. Ernesto’s research interests are Contemporary Latin American, Mexican, and Chicanx literatures and cultures, immigration law in the U.S., border studies, and protest art. Ernesto is a strong advocate for social justice and immigrants’ rights. He is the founder and former President of UCLA Hispanic Latinx Graduate Students Association (2017-2019), was the inaugural GSA Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement at UCLA (2018-2019), has served on the ASUCLA Board of Directors (2019-2020), and was a National Fellow at the UC National Center for Free Speech (2020-2021). He currently serves as the UCLA GSA Director of Organizing under the Office of the GSA VP of External Affairs. Today, Ernesto is an elected Councilmember for the North Westwood Neighborhood Council in the 5th District of the City of Los Angeles, where he advocates for building student affordable housing, improving public transportation, and fighting for Westwood’s disfranchised. During his free time, Ernesto loves watching queer-themed films and series, practicing world languages, and hanging out with his friends in West Hollywood.


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Amanda Corona


Amanda Corona is a first year PhD student in Educational Leadership at UC San Diego/CSU San Marcos. Amanda’s research interests include organizational leadership, the socialization experiences of Latinx women in graduate school and the nuanced factors that promote and or persistence and completion. Amanda is a transformational leader, higher education professional and nonprofit practitioner with experience working in the US, Latin and Central America. She is focused on making a difference in the world through the practice and advocacy of inclusive excellence. She received her BA in Biological Anthropology at UC San Diego (UCSD). She holds a MA in Nonprofit Leadership with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership from the University of San Diego (USD). Amanda is an active member of MANA de San Diego a 501 C (3) non-profit organization empowering Latinas through education, leadership development, community service and advocacy. Additionally, as an elected member of the University of San Diego (USD) Alumni Board she chairs the inaugural Diversity, Equity and Inclusion taskforce.


Francois Kaepellin

Director of Legislative Affairs

Francois Kaeppelin is a Master’s student at the Institute of Transportation Studies in UC Davis. Using his experiences growing up in Hong Kong, Francois is working to increase affordable housing and public transportation access in his community. He has served as a Bicycling, Transportation, and Street Safety Commissioner and as the Chair of the Unitrans Advisory Committee in Davis. When he is not advocating for graduate students in the Capitol, you can find him experimenting with coffee making techniques.

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Mikah Bertelmann

Director of Outreach

Mikah Bertelmann is a first-year Master of Public Policy student at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego. He is studying to prepare for a career as U.S. Foreign Service Officer and serves at the UCSD GPSA’s Vice President of Academic Affairs with a focus on faculty-student mentorship, affordable and open course materials, and professional development opportunities. In his free time, Mikah can be found exploring the San Diego beaches and local eateries and breweries.

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Amanda Corona

Director of University Affairs

Amanda Corona is the current Treasurer (2022-2023).


Salma Shaikh

Director of Organizing


Salma Shaikh is a first-year Master of Public Policy student specializing in program design and evaluation at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego. She is using her background in programming and advocating for underrepresented communities to work towards a career of improving data quality/analysis in decision making, especially when it comes to serving marginalized populations. In her spare time, Salma enjoys frequenting new coffee shops and spending time at the beach.