About the UCSF Foundation

UCSF excels in research, education, and patient care because of its people. But it’s not only our scientists, physicians, and students. It’s also the fundraisers who help donors give to causes that are important to them, the volunteer board members who give generously of their time, and the staff members who support both of these groups.

Our Work

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.

In fiscal year 2016, nearly 27,000 generous donors gave $595.9 million to the UCSF Foundation.

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

2018 UCSF Board of Overseers

William E. Oberndorf, Chair
Arthur H. Kern, Vice Chair, Distinguished Director
Andrew Ach
Faustino Bernadett
Peter Briger
Todd Carter
Selina Gaw Cha
Connie Chen
Robin Richards Donohoe
Dana Emery
William S. Fisher
Sameer Gandhi
Brian Grossman
Philip Hammarskjold
Julia Hartz
Carl Kawaja
Richard Kimball
George Marcus
Nion McEvoy
Amy McKnight
Jason Moment
Lisa Pritzker
Steven Read
George Scangos
Amanda M. Wallis
Joan Weill
Andrew Woeber

Distinguished Directors

Barbara Bass Bakar
Nancy Hellman Bechtle
Lynne Benioff
William H. Davidow
Doris F. Fisher
Robert B. Friend
Carmen Policy
Richard M. Rosenberg
Jaclyn Safier

Lifetime Directors

Brook H. Byers
Kenneth T. Derr
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.

Jennifer Arnett, Vice President

Jennifer Arnett is vice chancellor of University Development and Alumni Relations at UCSF and vice president of the UCSF Foundation. She leads efforts to raise philanthropic support for the university and UCSF Medical Center and oversees comprehensive programs in alumni relations. Ms. Arnett has more than 25 years of experience in development and was a primary architect of UCSF: The Campaign, the University’s recently announced $5 billion fundraising initiative.

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.

Paul Jenny, Treasurer

Paul Jenny is the senior vice chancellor of Finance and Administration. He serves as the campus chief business officer, managing a large, complex portfolio of central responsibilities at UCSF, including resource management, budget, information technology, human resources, accounting and internal controls, materiel management, risk management, internal audit, police, housing, transportation, childcare, Millberry Union programs, capital planning, capital projects, and facilities management. He provides leadership and strategic direction for the allocation and management of campus financial resources; administrative, financial and auxiliary services and operations; and core information technology to support UCSF's mission of teaching, research, patient care, and public service.