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 Directors 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 2022, more than 44,780 generous donors gave a total of $881 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 Directors

2023 UCSF Board of Directors

Philip Hammarskjold, Chair
Dana Emery, Vice Chair
Andrew Ballard
Allison Bhusri
Susan Bloch
Pete Briger
Todd Carter
Connie E. Chen
Fred Cohen
Phyllis Coulter
Dipanjan Deb
Stephanie DiMarco
Dana Emery
Catherine Friedman
Kathryn Hall
Kenneth Hao
Julia Hartz
Richard Kimball
Divesh Makan
Meyer Malka
Ian McKinnon
Diane Morris
Joyce Newstat 
Ruchi Sanghvi
George Scangos 
Lydia Shorenstein
Shahan Soghikian

Distinguished Directors

Barbara Bass Bakar
William H. Davidow
William S. Fisher
Sameer Gandhi
Carl Kawaja 
George Marcus
Carmen Policy  
Richard M. Rosenberg
Jaclyn Safier

Lifetime Directors

Lynne Benioff
Brook H. Byers
Doris F. Fisher
William E. Oberndorf
Joan Weill
Diane B. Wilsey

Founding Chair

Ellen Magnin Newman: Lifetime Director

Foundation President
Sam Hawgood, Chancellor

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Erin Hickey, Vice Chancellor of University Development and Alumni Relations

UCSF Foundation Investment Company

David Harkins, President
Kathryn Hall, Board of Directors Chair 

Committee Chairs

Rick Kimball: Audit, Compliance, and Risk Management Committee Chair
Dana Emery: Development Committee Chair
Joyce Newstat: External Affairs Committee Chair
Andrew Ballard: Finance Committee Chair
George Scangos: Innovation and Partnerships Committee Chair
DJ Deb: Nominating and Governance Committee Chair
Fred Cohen/Catherine Lucey: Student and Faculty Committee Co-Chairs
Todd Carter: Real Estate Committee Chair


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.

Erin, Hickey, Vice President

As the head of University Development, Hickey designs and directs fundraising strategies in support of­­­ the entire University, including UCSF’s hospitals and clinical and research programs.

Hickey has extensive experience creating and ­managing strategies that have secured multiple seven-, eight- and nine-figure commitments from some of the most notable donors in philanthropy. Since 2016, Hickey served as assistant vice chancellor of development for children's health at UCSF, where she helped accelerate fundraising for programs and research for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals. Under her direction, the children’s health enterprise has increased its annual fundraising revenue by more than 20%. In that role, she was one of the executives on the team that managed UCSF: The Campaign, the largest capital campaign in the University’s history, which raised $6.2 billion, surpassing its goal by almost 24 percent. She was appointed associate vice chancellor in 2021.

Hickey joined UCSF in 2007 as the lead consultant and campaign manager for the $500+ million fundraising campaign for the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay. Prior to her role with UCSF, Hickey worked as a consultant with CCS, the largest fundraising consulting firm in the country. Hickey has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Oregon.

Paul Velaski, Secretary

Paul Velaski is chief financial officer and executive director of Gift Policy and Accounting and secretary of the UCSF Foundation. Mr. Velaski oversees acceptance, accounting, and reporting of all gifts made to UCSF through the foundation and ensures that policies related to gifts are up to date and in compliance. He has more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit accounting, development, and investment management for large national and international organizations. Mr. Velaski also serves as a staff liaison to the foundation’s audit committee and is a certified public accountant licensed in California.

Gardner Trimble, Assistant Secretary

Gardner Trimble is executive director of Gift and Endowment Planning in the Office of University Development and Alumni Relations and assistant secretary of the UCSF Foundation. Mr. Trimble oversees planned giving within the development office and the UCSF Foundation. In addition, he currently serves as an interim member of the foundation’s Investment Committee and Audit Committee.

Michael Clune, Interim Treasurer

Michael (Mike) Clune joined UCSF in 2011 and currently serves as senior associate vice chancellor and chief financial officer. The finance organization includes budget and resource management, controller, the FAS finance service center, risk management and insurance services, and supply chain management. Prior to joining UCSF, Mr. Clune worked in the UC Office of the President in Oakland, Calif., for 11 years, primarily on university-wide administrative and policy issues related to enrollment management, budget development, and resource administration. Mr. Clune earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of San Diego and later earned a master’s degree in statistics and PhD in demography at UC Berkeley.

Joseph Calger, Assistant Treasurer

Joseph Calger is the associate vice chancellor of Central Development Services. He serves as the chief operating officer for the Office of University Development and Alumni Relations, providing leadership to the budget and operations, gift and endowment policy and accounting, prospect development, gift administration, annual giving, and information systems and technology areas. Mr. Calger has more than 30 years of experience in advancement services at major private and public universities and health care organizations.