Community and Government Relations is a unit within Strategic Communications and University Relations and reports to Vice Chancellor Barbara J. French

Paul Takayama

Executive Director, Community & Government Relations
Tel:  415-476-3523
Fax: 415-476-3541

Paul oversees the Community and Government Relations department, which is responsible for cultivating and maintaining relationships with campus neighbors as well as elected officials at the local, state, and federal level, on behalf of UCSF and UCSF Medical Center. CGR also coordinates the University’s response to a wide range of political and policy issues, and advises administrators and faculty on strategies to facilitate dialogue with government and community leaders.

Paul also serves as a liaison between UCSF and members of Congress, their staff, and executive branch agencies to promote research, education, and clinical and patient care activities, in an effort to increase federal support for UCSF and to expand awareness of UCSF in Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining UCSF, Paul worked in various roles for the California State Legislature and served as Assistant Director of Government Relations at UCLA. Paul is a graduate of UC–Berkeley.


Bonz Otsuki

Office Manager
Tel:  415-476-3206
Fax: 415-476-3541

Bonz Otsuki has been the Office Manager of Community and Government Relations since August of 2008. She provides event coordination and administrative support for the department. Bonz enjoys the variety of working with staff, community, and government offices.

She has been a part of the UCSF team since 1995. Previously, she was the Conference Center Manager for the Millberry Union Event & Meeting Center, where she was responsible for facility operations. Prior to working at Millberry Union, Bonz worked for Arts & Events for over 10 years in various positions. She is happily married and boasts that her three children all graduated from UC campuses.


Community Relations


Barbara Bagot-López

Director, Community Relations
Tel:  415-476-3206
Fax: 415-476-3541

Barbara Bagot-López has been working in Community Relations for UCSF since 1990 and now heads up the Community Relations team. Her experience as a community activist has enabled her to become an effective liaison with neighbors surrounding UCSF campus sites.

Hailing originally from the East Coast, Barbara earned her B.A. in Sociology from Boston College, where she was active in the feminist and peace movements of the '70s. She escaped the snowy environs of the East Coast for San Francisco's sunny Bernal Heights neighborhood and helped to lead the successful community organizing campaign that established the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, where she was a founding Board member and served for 10 years.

An avid baseball fan, Barbara led the citywide grassroots movement in the '80s and early '90s to keep the Giants major league baseball team in San Francisco. (Go Giants!) Combining her love of baseball with her commitment to peace, she worked with nonprofit groups including Athletes United for Peace to strengthen ties with the people of war-ravaged Nicaragua through “sports diplomacy” tours and exchange programs.

For the past several years, she has focused her volunteer time on her teenage daughter Adela’s school and sports activities. They live in Bernal Heights (of course) with their two cats and two goldfish.


Michele Davis

Assistant Director, Community Relations
Tel:  415-476-3024
Fax: 415-476-3541

Michele Davis joined the UCSF community relations team in 2012.  Her area of responsibility is to address UCSF project issues in the eastern side of town, especially the neighborhoods around Mission Bay campus, as well as San Francisco General Hospital. She works to ensure diverse public participation in planning for projects at these campus sites.

Michele comes to UCSF after a career with the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, where her work focused on the establishment of the Bayview Hunters Point Project Survey Area as Assistant Project Manager and, in the Western Addition and other parts of the city, as a Housing Development Specialist.  Michele has worked extensively with diverse communities to address concerns regarding potential impacts of redevelopment projects in and around various neighborhoods.  She is excited to bring her undergraduate background in biology and Masters’ degrees in public health and city planning to the fold at UCSF.


Christine Gasparac

Community Relations Representative
Tel:  415-476-8431
Fax: 415-476-3541

Christine Gasparac manages community relations for the Parnassus Heights and Laurel Heights campuses and nearby neighborhoods.

Christine brings a wealth of experience in working with the community from her various roles with several elected officials in the Bay Area. Most recently, Christine was the Chief of Staff for a member of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. Previously, she served as Press Secretary for the California Department of Justice under then-Attorney General Jerry Brown. Christine also worked for the California State Legislature as District Director for State Senator Carole Migden and as Press Secretary for Assemblymember Johan Klehs. She has worked and volunteered for numerous political campaigns and was previously on the staff of a local political consulting firm.

Christine earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College and lives in the Mission district with her family.


Damon Lew

Assistant Director, Community Relations
Tel:  415-514-2651
Fax: 415-476-3541

Damon Lew joined UCSF in the fall of 2007 as the Workforce Development Coordinator, working to reconvene the EXCEL (Excellence through Community Engagement & Learning) and various capacity-building workshops that help UCSF partner more closely with San Francisco’s workforce development agencies.

Damon’s current role involves managing community relations for the Mount Zion campus and the Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve, as well as continuing to coordinate workforce development efforts including the EXCEL program and UCSF's Community Construction Outreach Program (CCOP). Damon currently serves on a number of community and government workforce councils and advisory boards. Prior to joining UCSF, Damon spent four years working with a San Francisco based nonprofit that provided job-training and job-placement services to San Francisco residents with mental health disabilities. Damon’s prior working experience also includes time spent as a business analyst for Visa International and as an investment associate for Bailard Investments.


Government Relations


Melissa White

Associate Director, State and Local Government Relations
Tel:  415-476-8433
Fax:  415-476-3541

Prior to coming to UCSF, Melissa worked at Barnes Mosher Whitehurst Lauter and Partners, as Director of Public Affairs. She has worked in all aspects of political campaigns, public affairs, and lobbying, including strategic grassroots organizing, fundraising, issues analysis, and media relations. Melissa has an extensive fundraising, legislative, and political background. She previously served as Director of the San Francisco office of Donald A. Lee Executive Search, where she worked with venture-funded private companies and publicly traded high-technology companies placing executive-level candidates. She began her political career in Portland, where she served as Assistant Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Oregon. She returned to California to serve as the Finance Director for California Congressional candidate Bill Peacock. White also served as an intern for U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio, D-OR.

Melissa earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Oregon, with course concentrations in local and congressional political organizations.


Jennifer Wickre

Associate Director of Government Relations
Tel:  202-974-6315

Jennifer Wickre joined UCSF in November 2012 and serves as the primary liaison for UCSF to the Administration, Members of Congress, federal agencies, departmental representatives, boards and commissions.  Jennifer is responsible for planning and implementing the federal government relations program and advocacy effort for UCSF.  Jennifer maintains an office in the University of California’s Washington Center, a multi-campus residential, instructional and research center for over 270 UC students in downtown Washington DC.  Prior to joining UCSF, Jennifer spent 10 years as a senior legislative assistant to Congressman Jerry Lewis (R-California), Chairman Emeritus of the House Appropriations Committee.  While with Chairman Lewis, Jennifer managed legislative issues including health, justice and crime, social security, welfare and acted as Congressman Lewis’ liaison to the Appropriations Committee staff.

A native of Oregon, Jennifer earned her BA in government from Claremont McKenna College, in Claremont, California and a Master’s degree from the United States Naval War College in Washington, D.C.