University Relations



Barbara J. French, Vice Chancellor, Strategic Communications and University Relations

Leads overall comprehensive, integrated campus and medical center strategic communications to raise the visibility and awareness of UCSF’s mission and excellence in patient care, research and education. Spearheads advocacy efforts, community relations, and local, state and federal governmental relations on behalf of the University. Manages UCSF brand and identity guidelines.



Jennifer O’Brien, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Public Affairs

Karin Rush-Monroe, Deputy Director

Kristen Bole, Assistant Director

Raises the visibility and awareness of UCSF among external audiences by working with all media – traditional and new media. Responsible for all University campus and UCSF Medical Center media relations. Partners with UCSF leadership and faculty, as well as medical center leadership, to identify and promote significant advances in biomedical research, patient care, and the education of health sciences students, trainees, residents and fellows. Provides communications counsel and training.



Lisa Cisneros, Senior Director

Leads and coordinates integrated communications projects across the University and platforms including social media, mainstream media and web.



Louise Chu, Director, Digital Communications

Kevin Eisenmann, Associate Director, Digital Marketing

Leland Kim, Associate Director, Internal Communications

Leads overall web communications and digital marketing for UCSF. Manages and other UCSF primary websites, as well as UCSF’s primary social media channels, to raise the visibility and awareness of UCSF’s excellence in discovery, patient care and education, and to build community among internal audiences. Partners with UCSF’s Information Technology Services and other IT units across campus to strengthen UCSF web and digital services, facilitate access, and improve usability.



Nada Hansen, Creative Director

Provides counsel on UCSF’s brand and graphic identity guidelines.



Paul Takayama, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Community & Government Relations

Oversees UCSF’s local, state and federal governmental relations, working in partnership with campus and medical center leadership, as well as faculty and staff. Coordinates state and federal governmental relations with the University of California Office of the President. Leads UCSF’s efforts, in collaboration with the UCSF Community Advisory Group, to build strong and constructive relationships with neighbors, community groups and civic organizations.