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.
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.
Assistant Director, Community Relations
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, UCSF Medical Center 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.
Assistant Director, Community Relations
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.
Community Relations Representative
Lily Wong has an extensive background in community advocacy and community relations. She was most recently the program manager for the Communities United for Health and Justice collaborative and worked with communities in the Excelsior and OMI. Previously, she was a mediator at the Center for Conflict Resolution in Los Angeles and an education policy fellow at the College and Career for All Campaign. She has also served as a youth employment coordinator at Community Educational Services, a community advocate for the Asian Law Caucus, and as an organizer for Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth.
She earned her B.A. at UC Davis and Masters degrees in Public Policy and Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine. She is also a San Francisco native who grew up in the Mission near ZSFG.
Associate 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.
Laura E. Lane
Associate Director, Government Relations
Laura Lane joined UCSF’s Government Relations team in December 2014, where she serves as the primary liaison for UCSF to both state and local governments.
Laura has experience in both the private and public sectors. Before coming to UCSF, Laura most-recently served as a Legislative Aide to San Francisco Supervisor David Campos. In that capacity, she performed a broad range of duties: supporting and advising on legislative matters, managing constituent services and overseeing the office’s internship programs. Additionally, Laura has worked in many aspects of local and state-wide political campaigns and public affairs, including grassroots organizing, issues analysis and media relations. Laura is a licensed attorney in California, Missouri and Kansas and has worked in private practice in Overland Park, Kansas.
A native of Kansas, Laura earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and her Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law in Lawrence, Kansas.