About Us

About Us

UCI's Community and Government Relations coordinates the university's legislative and advocacy efforts with local, state and federal elected officials and agencies. 

Meet the Team

P. Alberto Sandoval
  • P. Alberto Sandoval
  • Senior Director
  • 949-824-9420
  • Alberto Sandoval is responsible for leading, planning and managing programs that foster increased awareness, understanding and support for UC Irvine’s mission, vision and accomplishments. Before his current role on campus, Alberto served as UCI’s director of advocacy and state government relations.

    Before joining the Anteater team, Alberto represented the Boeing Co. before Congress and state and local governments on key federal defense programs, as well as legislative, regulatory and land use issues affecting the company.

    His turn in the private sector followed 20 years of service in the U.S. House of Representatives. There, he worked for then-Rep. Dana Rohrabacher as deputy district director in Huntington Beach, where his focus areas were the aerospace/defense industry, technology and cyberspace, and domestic policy. Prior to his service with Rohrabacher, Alberto served as a senior field representative for then-Rep. Robert K. Dornan.

    In November 2009, Alberto traveled to his parents’ native Honduras in Central America to join the Washington Senior Observer Group as an international election observer. The group was invited by the Honduran Supreme Electoral Tribunal to observe and support the democratic process and ensure a free, fair and transparent voting process.  

    Alberto received his bachelor’s degree in political science from California State University, Fullerton, and a master of science degree from the National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C. He serves on the boards of directors for the Newport Beach and Orange County Hispanic chambers of commerce, and is a trustee of the World Affairs Council of Orange County.  

    Alberto and his wife, Rachel, have four children and reside in Rossmoor.

Louis Bronstein
  • Louis Bronstein
  • Assistant Director, Federal Government Relations
  • 949-824-5227
  • Louis Bronstein is responsible for coordinating and implementing the university's federal relations activities and serving as an advocate for the campus on federal matters.

    Before joining UCI, Louis served over 12 years with the County of Orange, first as a policy advisor to then-Supervisor Bill Campbell and later as the manager of government relations for John Wayne Airport. Before that, he worked in various positions in higher education, on political campaigns and with elected officeholders. Louis began his career on the staff of then-Rep. Christopher Cox.

    Louis received his B.A. in history from Loyola Marymount University and his M.A. in political science from Fordham University. He lives in Laguna Hills with his wife, Carin, and two daughters, Avery and Lauren.

Amanda Walsh
  • Amanda Walsh
  • Community Relations Manager
  • 949-824-2887
  • Amanda is responsible for raising community awareness of UCI and overseeing partnerships between the university and various local entities. In particular, she works to foster trusting relationships with the region’s nonprofits, businesses and non-governmental organizations.

    Amanda also represents UCI at civic meetings and community events. And she sits on the board for the American Heart Association of Orange County’s Go Red for Women executive leadership team, OC’s National Philanthropy Day Leadership Committee, the South Orange County Economic Coalition and the Orange County Council of Governments.

    Before joining UCI, Amanda worked as a management analyst for the City of Laguna Niguel and an account manager at Communications Lab, a public relations and community outreach firm. In 2020, she received a 40 Under 40 honor from the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce. In 2021, the American Heart Association of OC bestowed her with its inaugural Woman of Impact award.

    Amanda has a bachelor’s degree in public relations, with a minor in political science, from Cal State Fullerton. She lives in Irvine with her husband, Chris, and their daughter, Amelia.

Christopher Leo
  • Christopher Leo
  • Director of Government Affairs, UCI Health
  • 714-456-2967
  • Christopher M. Leo’s responsibilities include county, state and federal public policy, as well as community benefit.

    He has more than 20 years of experience in leading advocacy, improving government relations and consulting on public policy in diverse environments. He also possesses a strong background in managing public and media relations, designing organizational strategies, and building collaboration with key community and legislative leaders.

    Before UCI Health, Christopher spent 13 years at Providence St. Joseph Health in charge of government relations for Southern California and the High Desert. He coordinated his efforts with the company’s community benefit department to ensure that the necessary programs were funded and highlighted in the community.

    Prior to Providence St. Joseph, Christopher spent more than six years as chief of staff to then-Assemblyman Lou Correa. He managed both the Sacramento and Santa Ana offices and was responsible for working on public policy and crafting priorities for the assemblyman.

    In addition to his government relations experience, Christopher practiced law for six years and served on the Santa Ana Planning Commission for 10 years and the Santa Ana Sales Tax Oversight Committee for four years.

    He is a graduate of UCLA and Georgetown University.

Partner Organizations

Association of California Cities, Orange County
Orange County Business Council
Greater Irvine Chamber
Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce
OC Black Chamber of Commerce
Orange County Forum
OC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
OC Taxpayers Association
Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce
South Orange County Economic Coalition
American Heart Association
National Philanthropy Day, OC
OC Council of Governments
Laguna Hills Chamber of Commerce

Anteaters in Government

Ami Bera
U.S. Representative, CD-7
Ami Bera ’87 B.S., ’91 M.D.
Dave Min
California State Senator, SD-37
Dave Min (School of Law)
Katie Porter
U.S. Representative, CD-45
Katie Porter (School of Law)