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University Relations

UC San Francisco is a hub of discovery, innovation and humanity. It plays a pivotal role in the global dialogue of health and science, and is an integral member of the dynamic Bay Area community.

The Office of University Relations works to advance UCSF’s role in public life, telling powerful stories about the work being done here, and building relationships with government, the media, the community, and our neighbors.

Barbara French

We lead integrated, outcome-driven communications to strengthen awareness of UCSF’s excellence across patient care, research and education. We also lead federal, state and local advocacy efforts and drive engagement in the issues that matter to our campus and clinical enterprise.

The office is led by Barbara J. French, vice chancellor for Strategic Communications and University Relations.

In her role, French oversees the development and implementation of multichannel communications programs to champion the University’s mission of advancing health worldwide. She serves as lead counsel to the chancellor and UCSF’s executive team on issues related to internal and external communications, media relations, government affairs and community relations. She also is counsel to the UCSF Board of Overseers. Read her full bio

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Administrative Support

Manages financial, human resources, editorial, event planning and other general administrative issues for the University Relations department.

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Brand Communications

Stewards the UCSF brand at the enterprise level, empowering partners with the strategy and tools to communicate effectively and convey our impact.

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Community & Government Relations

Serves as UCSF's most direct link to our neighbors, community groups and government officials.

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Digital Communications

Engages UCSF's online audience through website and social media content and develops enterprise-wide strategy to improve the digital experience.

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Public Affairs

Raises the visibility of UCSF research, patient care, and education among external audiences by working with traditional and new media.

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Strategic Communications

Advances UCSF's priorities and initiatives by developing, driving and tracking integrated communications plans.

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