UCSF's Community and Government Relations team is dedicated to facilitating open and ongoing communication with the San Francisco community and elected officials. It is a unit within the Office of University Relations and reports to Vice Chancellor Barbara J. French.
Learn more about the members of the CGR team:
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Community & Government Relations
Paul oversees the Community and Government Relations team, 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. 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.
Under Paul's leadership, UCSF recently received approval from the Mayor and San Francisco Board of Supervisors to purchase Blocks 33 & 34, a four-acre site at Mission Bay, which enables UCSF to consolidate and centralize its operations. Paul also helped to establish UCSF's federal government relations office in Washington, D.C.
Paul served on the Government Relations Steering Committee of the Association of American Medical Colleges from 2010-2014. Paul is a graduate of UC Berkeley and resides in San Francisco with his wife.
Senior Director, Community Relations
Christine Gasparac manages the community relations team and is the primary community relations liaison and advisor at UCSF. She also manages UCSF’s public process for developing a vegetation management plan for Mount Sutro.
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.
Associate Director, Community Relations
Michele Davis joined the UCSF community relations team in 2012. Her area of responsibility includes UCSF project issues in the eastern side of town, specifically projects in Dogpatch and Mission Bay. She works to ensure diverse public participation to cross-pollinate and spark insight and innovation in the planning and development of projects in the community. Her priority is to promote collaboration and capture different perspectives to achieve compatible goals.
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 Redevelopment Project Survey Area as Assistant Project Manager and, in the Western Addition and other parts of the city, as a Housing Development Specialist. She is excited to bring this experience along with her undergraduate background in biology and Masters’ degrees in public health and city planning to the fold at UCSF.
Assistant Director, Community Relations
Leah Pimentel serves as a liaison to the community in the UCSF project areas of Mount Zion and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.
Most recently, Leah served as the Head of Community and Customer Happiness for Credit Sesame. In 2016, Leah was appointed to serve on the Commission on Community Investment and Infrastructure to oversee land use, development and design approval authority for the Major Approved Development Projects.
A third-generation San Franciscan from Bayview, Leah has worked extensively to advance policies that help women and children thrive in the city. She has received numerous awards for her work in these areas including being named one of the “Bay Area’s People to Watch in 2014” by the San Francisco Chronicle, describing her as “a young, politically active mother and prominent voice locally and with the progressive community at large.”
Leah earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Sonoma State University and her Masters degrees in Marketing from Dominican University of California.
Assistant Director, Community Relations
Lily Wong has an extensive background in community advocacy and community relations. She is responsible for community relations at the Parnassus Heights campus. Prior to joining UCSF, she was the program manager for the Communities United for Health and Justice collaborative and worked with communities in the Excelsior and OMI. Previously, she held roles as a mediator at the Center for Conflict Resolution in Los Angeles, a community advocate for the Asian Law Caucus, and an organizer for Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth.
Lily is a San Francisco native who grew up in the Mission near General Hospital. She earned her B.A. at UC Davis and Masters degrees in Public Policy and Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University. She brings her skills as an advocate, mediator, and knowledge of San Francisco to UCSF and strives to create positive resolutions for community concerns.
Director, Federal Government Relations
As UCSF’s primary liaison to Congress, the Administration and federal agencies, Natalie Alpert is responsible for planning and implementing the university’s federal government relations and advocacy efforts in Washington, DC. Natalie comes to UCSF after working for over a decade on Capitol Hill. Prior to joining UCSF, Natalie served as a senior aide to Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, where she staffed the Congresswoman on the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee. Natalie also worked for Senator Dianne Feinstein and served as a professional staff member on the US Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. A native of the Bay Area, Natalie received her undergraduate degree from UCLA and a masters degree in Public Administration from New York University (NYU).
Natalie works from the University of California’s Washington Center in Washington, D.C.