As the second-largest employer in San Francisco, UCSF also recognizes its role as an economic engine for the region. In 2019, the University launched the , developing a long-term plan to leverage our economic power to improve the long-term health and social welfare of our communities. The initiative focuses on three key areas: increasing UCSF’s capacity to train, hire, and promote people from under-resourced populations; defining UCSF’s purchasing power so that more spending can be sourced from small, local businesses; and exploring social impact investment options.
Fostering a Dialogue
Importantly, UCSF welcomes input from the community and provides opportunities for ongoing dialogue and collaboration in two major ways:
- The UCSF Community Advisory Group (CAG), originally formed in 1992 as a program ofCommunity and Government Relations, is a conduit for direct dialogue with UCSF representatives. The CAG is made up of representatives from a wide range of neighborhood, civic, ethnic, labor and business groups who provide UCSF with their views regarding campus planning, land use and other issues.
- The coordinates the many existing partnerships between UCSF-affiliated individuals or groups and San Francisco-based community organizations, and supports new partnerships.