- CGR Overview
- Community Relations
- Government Relations
- Workforce Development Programs
- Resources for Community Organizations
UCSF’s Community and Government Relations team is dedicated to facilitating open and ongoing communication with the San Francisco community and elected officials.
The Community Relations staff engages our neighbors in planning issues, listens to feedback and works with campus decision-makers to incorporate community input into the University’s development and initiatives. They also lead outreach efforts, including workforce development programs that provide job training for local residents; health fairs that connect our clinicians and trainees with those who may need access to health care the most; and volunteer events that invite our whole community to join us to help make our city a great place to live.
The Government Relations staff serves as liaison to our local, state and federal elected officials and government agencies. They advocate for UCSF’s research, educational and patient care efforts, and facilitate ways for UCSF to partner with government to accelerate health sciences innovation and improve public access to the best care.
Here is a list of our current projects, by neighborhood:
Mission Bay and Dogpatch
- 777 Mariposa Street Acquisition
- Child, Teen and Family Center and Department of Psychiatry Building
- Dogpatch Community Task Force
- Minnesota St. Graduate Student & Trainee Housing
- Joan and Sanford I. Weill Neurosciences Building
- Precision Cancer Medicine Building
- UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Helipad
- UCSF Center for Vision Neuroscience (formerly Block 33)
Community Relations informs the community about UCSF campus plans and activities, gathers community feedback about upcoming projects, and relays any concerns or suggestions to our campus decision makers.
Community Advisory Group
The mission of the Community Advisory Group is to (1) serve as a community advisory body and sounding board for UCSF administration on planning issues, based on both a neighborhood and a city-wide perspective; (2) assist UCSF in strengthening communication with and engagement of the public on broader issues of community concern; (3) provide essential and relevant feedback on programs, campus planning and development activities; and (4) identify strategies and actions for addressing community concerns.
UCSF's Community Advisory Group meetings take place quarterly on the first Wednesday of the month in March, September and December at 6:30 pm: 2019 dates are March 6, June 5, Sept. 4, and Dec. 4.
Community Meeting Notification
It is the intent of UCSF Community and Government Relations to provide information in a timely fashion. We commit to striving to meet the following information distribution schedule for community meetings, including UCSF Community Advisory Group (CAG) meetings, CAG Action Team meetings, and other UCSF community meetings: Community meeting notification will begin a minimum of four weeks in advance of the community meeting with an email notification and an online meeting announcement posted on this website. If a specific meeting location is not known, a “save the date” notice will be posted. Any postcard mailings will be sent as close to four weeks in advance of the meetings as possible, and newspaper advertisements will run with timeliness in mind, but based on the newspaper distribution calendar. Meeting notifications will always include the main agenda topic. Community meeting agendas and presentations will be posted on the UCSF Community Relations website if they are available in advance of the meeting. They will always be posted within two days after the meeting, barring technological difficulties. Our goal is to provide this information at least two days in advance, but this may not always be possible.
UCSF’s Government Relations serves as a liaison to elected and appointed officials at the federal, state and local level to promote UCSF’s research, education, patient care and public services activities in City Hall, Sacramento and Washington, D.C. The Government Relations staff:
Advocacy at UCSF
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- Develops and maintains relationships with elected officials, their staff and various departments and agencies
- Invites elected officials to campus and UCSF Medical Center for policy briefings and to serve as speakers and guests at special events
- Advocates the UC and UCSF position on proposed legislation at the state and federal level
- Provides information to elected officials and their staff on the impact of proposed legislation on UCSF and UCSF Health
- Promote UCSF’s research, patient care and policy agenda with agencies and elected officials.
- Coordinate meetings for UCSF faculty and senior leadership with elected officials and agency representatives
Local Government Relations
UCSF plays a prominent role in the City and County of San Francisco. With nearly 25,000 employees, UCSF is San Francisco’s second-largest employer (behind only the city and county itself) and the Bay Area’s fifth-largest. These jobs span the professional spectrum in growing areas of the economy. More than half of these employees live in San Francisco, keeping their salaries and investments in the city. When including indirect jobs, such as those providing goods and services to employees, UCSF is responsible for 30,300 jobs, or 5.6 percent of the total San Francisco employment. By comparison, the entire financial services industry—one of San Francisco’s oldest and largest sectors—comprises 5 percent of all city employment, effectively making UCSF an industry unto itself.
UCSF generates $4.9 million in direct revenues to the City and County of San Francisco’s general fund, for a positive net impact of more than $720,000. That does not count the intangible benefits that UCSF brings, such as biotech companies locating in San Francisco to be near UCSF, or the more than 90 biomedical companies spun off or started by UCSF researchers.
In addition, UCSF has a 134-year affiliation with Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, the city’s public safety-net hospital and its only Level I trauma center, which serves the most vulnerable populations, including the uninsured, underinsured, working families, and the homeless. ZSFG is staffed by more than 2,000 UCSF physicians and allied health care professionals from all four UCSF schools, who work alongside 3,500 city employees. SFGH also is an important training ground for future health care professionals and researchers.
State Government Relations
As cash-strapped California looks to trim its state budget, the state gets a powerful return on its investment in UCSF—which accounted for about 3 percent of the University’s total revenues in fiscal year 2015.
The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, approved by state voters in 2004, and now headquartered near the Mission Bay campus, has so far committed more than $100 million to UCSF’s program. UCSF is also home to the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3), itself an innovative organization established by the state and run by UCSF, UC Berkeley, and UC Santa Cruz. At QB3’s Mission Bay headquarters, more than 170 researchers explore how biological systems work, use advanced computational tools, and discover groundbreaking applications for health, energy, and the environment. QB3 also provides mechanisms for scientists to interact with their counterparts in industry, often to help speed research and bring a new therapy or tool to market faster. So far, about 90 life sciences start-up companies have been spawned at or spun off from UCSF labs.
Federal Government Relations
UCSF is one of the single most prominent research and development institutions in the U.S. and draws more money from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) than any public institution: $563 million in fiscal year 2015. UCSF’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute was established in 2006, with a $100 million grant from the NIH and a mandate to find a way to speed scientific discoveries from the lab to patients.
Workforce Development Programs
UCSF is the second largest employer in San Francisco and is committed to providing jobs to local residents. To this end, UCSF has implemented various workforce development programs aimed at providing training, internship and employment opportunities in various fields.
To this end, UCSF has implemented various workforce development programs including:
- Excellence through Community Engagement and Learning (EXCEL) Program
- Community Construction Outreach Program (CCOP)
Resources for Community Organizations
Benefits for Nonprofit Organizations
UCSF co-sponsors the use of conference facilities for San Francisco nonprofit organizations at the Parnassus Heights and Mission Bay campus sites. These subsidies offer local nonprofit groups access to our facilities for meetings, conferences, and other events. Annual subsidies are limited and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Seeking Event or Activity Support from UCSF
UCSF serves the community through numerous activities:
- Providing high-quality patient care at local hospitals and neighborhood clinics;
- Conducting life sciences research and sharing clinical expertise in cooperation with partners across San Francisco and around the globe;
- Reaching out to students at all educational levels to advance knowledge and promote higher education, with an emphasis on reaching students in the San Francisco Unified School District;
- Partnering with institutions and community-based organizations to promote health, wellness and quality of life and to reduce health disparities, and
- Sponsoring social, recreational, cultural and educational activities with neighborhood and community- based organizations in areas near UCSF’s major campus sites.
UCSF considers sponsorship funding for projects or events that align with at least one of the above-mentioned activities. To qualify, organizations must be a registered non-profit or be affiliated with a registered non-profit that serves as the organization’s fiduciary steward.