The University of California, San Francisco Foundation and its volunteer Board of Overseers support UCSF’s core mission of advancing health worldwide by raising money for the University.
Gifts from private donors keep UCSF among the top health sciences universities in the world by helping us attract and retain the best students and faculty members, make groundbreaking discoveries, and deliver compassionate care.
The UCSF Foundation:
encourages and manages donations from alumni, friends, companies, and foundations to all of UCSF’s schools.
ensures that gifts are used in strict accordance with donors' wishes.
manages donated assets through the not-for-profit UCSF Foundation Investment Company.
administers gifts through UCSF’s Office of University Development and Alumni Relations, which handles communication with donors.
UCSF Board of Overseers
2017 UCSF Board of Overseers
William E. Oberndorf, Chair
Arthur H. Kern, Vice Chair
Selina Gaw Cha
Robin Richards Donohoe
William S. Fisher
Amanda M. Wallis
Barbara Bass Bakar
Nancy Hellman Bechtle
William H. Davidow
Kenneth T. Derr
Doris F. Fisher
Robert B. Friend
Richard M. Rosenberg
Brook H. Byers
Ellen Magnin Newman, Founding Chair
Diane B. Wilsey
UCSF Foundation Officers
Sam Hawgood, MBBS, President
Sam Hawgood, MBBS, is the chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco and president of the UCSF Foundation. He previously served as dean of the UCSF School of Medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs. In addition to his distinguished career at UCSF, where he also was chair of the Department of Pediatrics and associate director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute, Chancellor Hawgood has an international reputation in neonatology research.
John B. Ford, Vice President
John B. Ford is vice chancellor of University Development and Alumni Relations at UCSF and vice president of the UCSF Foundation. He leads efforts to raise philanthropic support for the university and UCSF Medical Center and oversees comprehensive programs in alumni relations. Mr. Ford has more than 40 years of experience in development and previously helped organize and successfully implement three campaigns with goals of more than $1 billion.
Steve Downs, Secretary
Steve Downs is executive director of University Development and Alumni Relations and secretary of the UCSF Foundation. Mr. Downs is responsible for all financial and administrative services within the development office and the UCSF Foundation. In addition, he staffs the foundation’s Investment Committee and Audit Committee.
David Harkins, Chief Investment Officer
David Harkins is chief investment officer and founding president of the UCSF Foundation Investment Company. He manages the endowment assets of the UCSF Foundation with strategic attention on stewardship and long-term growth. He joined UCSF from the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as the managing director of public markets. Mr. Harkins previously served as vice president and head of equities at ICMA-RC in Washington, DC.