Vice President, Government Affairs
Ryan Adesnik manages the university’s government affairs efforts at the federal, state and local level. Adesnik first came to Stanford in March 2003 to launch a government relations office at the School of Medicine, where he designed a program to further the school’s research and policy goals in Washington, D.C., and in Sacramento.
Adesnik joined Stanford from the Carmen Group, Inc. of Washington, D.C., a firm that represents corporations, teaching hospitals, private universities, nonprofit philanthropies and others before the federal government. He served as vice president of the organization and provided legislative counsel, political strategy and issue-oriented research. Previously, he held the position of senior legislative aide to Rep. Benjamin A. Gilman of New York, during Mr. Gilman’s tenure as Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Adesnik hold a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance from Emory University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law.
Associate Vice President, Government Affairs
Jean McCown focuses on Stanford’s government and community affairs efforts and initiatives at the city, county and state level. She maintains relationships with community-based organizations, government officials, local businesses and citizens to support effective communication and dialogue within the Stanford community and between Stanford and its neighbors.
McCown was a member of the Palo Alto City Council from 1990 to 1998 and served as mayor in 1993. She previously served on the Palo Alto Planning Commission and on regional transportation committees including the CalTrain Joint Powers Board and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Before coming to Stanford in 2004, McCown was a partner at the law firm of Ritchey Fisher Whitman & Klein, where she focused on land use, environmental and real estate matters.
McCown serves on the boards of the Greenbelt Alliance and the Palo Alto Housing Corporation. She received the John Gardner Leadership Award in 1994 and the Athena Award in 2004. McCown received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Michigan, a Masters degree in History from the University of Wisconsin and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Boalt Hall.
Assistant Vice President, Federal Relations
Megan Arleth supports Stanford’s federal government affairs efforts and plays a leading role in developing and advancing the university’s policy priorities with Congress and the Executive Branch agencies. She also assists with the day-to-day management and coordination of the university’s activities and relationships with federal policymakers. She is based in Washington, DC.
Prior to joining Stanford, Arleth was the Director of Public Issues for the Consortium on Financing Higher Education, where she monitored federal policy activity on a wide range of issues that impact private colleges and universities. She also previously worked in the federal relations offices at Rutgers and Harvard.
Arleth holds a BA degree in Political Science and Journalism from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and a Masters degree in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania.
Assistant Vice President, Government Affairs and Liaison to the Office of Community Engagement
Lucy Wicks acts as a liaison between Stanford University and government officials, policy and community-based organizations, businesses, and neighbors. Through this position she focuses on public policy initiatives and maintains strong relationships with government officials and community leaders to support dialogue and coordination about the University priorities, activities, and its resources. These relationships also enable Wicks to inform and advise the University about the needs and interests of the community and of cities surrounding the university.
Previous to joining Stanford in 2008, Wicks worked as the Livable Communities Coordinator for Alameda County Board of Supervisors, District 4, where she led a community-wide strategic planning process to expand service delivery to underserved populations, increase local civic involvement and improve the livability of the area. She also worked in the areas of land use, transportation, and public health policy.
Assistant Vice President, State Government Affairs
Erika Bustamante focuses on the day-to-day management and coordination of the university’s activities and relationships with state governmental bodies related to regulatory and legislative issues impacting the university’s mission. Previous to joining Stanford, Bustamante worked in the capacity of Legislative Director for Assembly Member Luis Alejo in the California State Assembly. She was also a 2012 California Science and Technology Policy Fellow.
Bustamante holds a BS in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Developmental Biology from Stanford University.
Senior Director, Government Affairs
Shweta Bhatnagar helps to advance Stanford’s legislative and local policy initiatives as they relate to the university’s educational and research mission. She has extensive experience in government and legislative affairs and maintains strong relationships with government officials, community-based organizations, businesses, and neighborhood associations to support the University’s priorities and activities. Prior to joining Stanford, Bhatnagar was the Government and Community Relations Manager at the San Mateo County Transit District, representing SamTrans, Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority.
Bhatnagar holds a BA degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Masters in Public Administration from George Washington University.
Associate Vice President, Stanford Health Care Government Affairs
Jason Hill focuses on Stanford Health Care’s (SHC) government affairs efforts at the federal, state, and local levels. His engagement prioritizes coordination, relationship building and advancing policy priorities of SHC in Washington D.C., Sacramento and in the counties in which SHC serves.
Hill joined Stanford from Kaiser Permanente where he worked as the federal lobbyist for the Permanente Federation, the organization representing the national Permanente Medical Groups. Prior to that, Hill spent 20 years in Washington D.C. working in and out of government including stints at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the U.S. Senate and in the federal corporate office of Walmart Inc.
Hill holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri and a Juris Doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis.
Lourie Campos Coallier, MPA
Senior Director, Stanford Health Care Government Affairs
Lourie Campos Coallier assists in providing leadership and direction for SHC government affairs activities on legislative, regulatory, and public policy issues at the federal and state level. She works closely with business organizations and industry leadership groups to further advance SHC’s strategic goals and objectives and provides guidance to SHC’s government affairs consulting firms in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining Stanford, Coallier spent 12 years as the Director of Policy for Community Health Partnership, the consortium of non-profit community health centers in Santa Clara and San Mateo County where she created the first community clinic patient led advocacy program in California.
Coallier is a 4-time cancer survivor and a trained patient advocate with the National Cancer Institute (NCI). She currently serves as a member of the Stanford Cancer Institute Community Advisory Board, member of the NCI’s Cancer Moonshot Biobanking External Scientific Panel, member of the American Society of Clinical Oncologist’s (ASCO) Moore Grant Technical Expert Panel and is a former member of NCI’s Geographic Management of Health Disparities Program for Region 5 (Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, Hawaii, American Samoa, and Guam).
Coallier holds a BS degree in Political Science from Santa Clara University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Arizona.
Jennifer Torai MUP, MSW
Director, Stanford Health Care Government Affairs
Jennifer Torai focuses on local government and community affairs for Stanford Health Care. She handles SHC’s government affairs initiatives primarily at the local government level and manages relationships in counties and municipalities in which SHC operates.
Prior to this role, Torai has spent time working with several South Bay community-based organizations and previously worked for Stanford Health Care, for the Government and Community Relations Team. Torai is a former member of the Bay Area Regional Advisory Committee for the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, has been an adjunct professor for San Jose State University’s School of Social Work, is a former Co-Chair of the Asian/Pacific Islander Social Work Council of Northern California, and a former Co-President of the Urban Planning Coalition at San Jose State University.
Torai is a co-founder and active member of Asian Women Empowered - a community group that fosters civic engagement and leadership in the Silicon Valley. She currently serves on the planning committee for the County of Santa Clara’s National Day of Racial Healing, and on the Professional Development Committee for the National Association of Social Workers-California Chapter.
Torai holds a BS degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and holds a Master’s in both Urban and Regional Planning and Social Work from San Jose State University.
Program Specialist, Government Affairs, Community Engagement
Joanna works with both the Office of Community Engagement and the Office of Government Affairs to support program and operational needs. She coordinates and manages community engagement events and projects. This involves engaging with local non-profits, and developing exposure opportunities and events that build relationships and share information about mutual regional challenges. Joanna joined the Office of Government Affairs in 2017. Prior to Stanford, Joanna was worked in human resources management specializing in learning & development and was a police officer in the Metropolitan Police, London, UK.
Joanna is currently serving as the VP of Advocacy & Community Concerns for the 17th District PTA (San Mateo County).
Joanna holds a PQS in Human Resources Management from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, UK, and a certificate in Post Compulsory Education & Training, from the University of Greenwich, UK
Executive Assistant, Stanford Health Care Government Affairs
Millie McKean provides administrative support for the University’s Government Affairs team that handles matters for Stanford Health Care (SHC). She has managed the administrative needs of the Government and Community Relations team at SHC since 2015, which included the coordination of logistics for Nurses’ Legislative Day, the Community Fellows Program, and the Community Benefit program. McKean continues to maintain strong relationships throughout the SHC community, and deeply understands the value of partnership.
Prior to joining Stanford, McKean supported executives and leaders at some of the top law firms in Silicon Valley. McKean is also the founder and owner of Ki’s Kloset, a gender-neutral children’s clothing company and she is a proud activist and community leader in her hometown, East Palo Alto, CA.