Kaitlin Chell

UC San Diego

Kaitlin Chell is the new Senior Director of Public Affairs at UC San Diego. She comes to UC San Diego from UC Riverside where she served as the Director of Federal Relations. In that role, she advocated for higher education and research priorities both in Congress and Sacramento. She successfully worked with the Inland Empire congressional delegation to add more graduate medical education slots at the Veterans Health Administration to benefit UCR’s new School of Medicine and she secured funding for a multi-million-dollar biosafety-level 3 facility for citrus research. Kaitlin also worked closely with the Office of Research to double UCR’s federal funding. Prior to UCR, Kaitlin represented numerous universities, scientific societies, and scientific user facilities in Washington, D.C., at Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC, a full-service lobbying and consulting firm, and at the American Geophysical Union, a scientific society representing the Earth and space physical sciences. During this period, she convinced Congress to fund a West Coast earthquake-early warning system and to re-start production of Plutonium-238 in order to provide much-needed fuel for NASA’s planetary science missions. Kaitlin’s experience representing a variety of organizations across the scientific and academic landscape, both in Washington, D.C. and in Sacramento, have provided her with a strong and diverse network across the scientific and education enterprises. Kaitlin is a native San Diegan who graduated cum laude with a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia, and she holds an M.S. in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Johns Hopkins University.