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 2020, more than 44,000 generous donors gave a total of $976.9 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 Directors

2020 UCSF Board of Directors

Philip Hammarskjold, Chair
Nancy Hellman Bechtle, Vice Chair
Andrew Ach
Andrew Ballard
Peter Briger
Todd Carter
Connie Chen
Fred Cohen
Dipanjan Deb
Robin Richards Donohoe
Dana Emery
William S. Fisher
Sameer Gandhi
Brian Grossman
Kathryn Hall
Kenneth Hao
Julia Hartz
Carl Kawaja
Michael Kahn
Richard Kimball
George Marcus
Amy McKnight
Jason Moment
Diane Morris
Lisa Pritzker
Steven Read
George Scangos
Shahan Soghikian
Joan Weill

Distinguished Directors

Barbara Bass Bakar
Lynne Benioff
William H. Davidow
Arthur H. Kern
Carmen Policy
Richard M. Rosenberg
Jaclyn Safier

Lifetime Directors

Brook H. Byers
Kenneth T. Derr
Doris F. Fisher
Robert B. Friend
Ellen Magnin Newman, Founding Chair
William E. Oberndorf
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 Health and oversees 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 $5 billion fundraising initiative.

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.

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. 

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.