Board of Overseers


William E. Oberndorf, Chair
Arthur H. Kern, Vice Chair
Andrew Ach
Nancy Hellman Bechtle
Lynne Benioff
Faustino Bernadett
William K. Bowes
Selina Gaw Cha
William H. Davidow
Dipanjan Deb
Robin Richards Donohoe
Brian Grossman
Philip Hammarskjold
George Marcus
Nion McEvoy
Jason Moment
Carmen Policy
Steven Read
Jaclyn Safier
Chara Schreyer
Amanda M. Wallis
Diane B. Wilsey
Andrew Woeber

Distinguished Directors
Barbara Bass Bakar
Kenneth T. Derr
Doris F. Fisher
Robert B. Friend
Jeanne Robertson
Richard M. Rosenberg

Lifetime Directors
Brook H. Byers
Andrew S. Grove
Ellen Magnin Newman

Foundation Officers

Sam Hawgood, MBBS, President

Sam Hawgood, MBBS, is the chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco. He has also served as dean of the UCSF School of Medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs since September of 2009, after having served as interim dean since December of 2007. In addition to his distinguished career at UCSF, where he was also chair of the Department of Pediatrics and associate director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute, he has an international reputation in neonatology research.

John B. Ford, Vice President

John B. Ford is vice chancellor of University Development and Alumni Relations at UCSF and vice president of the UCSF Foundation. Ford leads efforts to raise philanthropic support for the university and medical center and oversees comprehensive programs in alumni relations. He has over 40 years of experience in development and has previously helped organize and successfully implement three campaigns with goals of more than $1 billion.

John Plotts, Treasurer

John Plotts is the senior vice chancellor, Finance and Administration and treasurer of the UCSF Foundation. Plotts is responsible for the planning, design and construction of new buildings, including those at Mission Bay, and for creating and funding their capital and operating budgets. He came to UCSF in January 2010 after 14 years at University of California’s Office of the President, where he was Assistant Vice President for Financial Management.

Steve Downs, Secretary

Steve Downs is executive director of University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR) and secretary of the UCSF Foundation. Downs is responsible for all financial and administrative services within the Development Office and the UCSF Foundation. In addition, he staffs the Investment and Audit Committees of the UCSF Foundation.