External Relations and Communications

We build public understanding and support for the university's mission.

External Relations and Communications is focused on increasing public understanding and support for the university and communicating UC’s value and impact on the lives of people in our local communities, California and the nation. We help establish and strengthen relationships with outside constituencies — such as alumni and philanthropists, business and industry — and, in coordination with campuses, facilitating their support for the university. We also conduct policy analysis for the university.

Claire Holmes

Claire Holmes

Senior Vice President, External Relations and Communications

DEPARTMENTS

Executive Communications and Engagement

Supports the president, UCOP executives and campus colleagues in the development of systemwide messaging. Writes speeches, talking points and other materials on behalf of President Napolitano and plans, coordinates and staffs presidential events.

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Federal Governmental Relations

Serves as the primary university representative to federal elected officials and agencies to advocate for UC on federal education, research, health care and public service legislative and policy matters.

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Advocacy
Policy & Publications
Resources

Institutional Advancement

Promotes and assists the campuses in increasing private, voluntary support of the university and oversees systemwide policy. Manages Constituent Engagement which enriches the lives of alumni and engages them as volunteers, advocates and contributors.

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Annual reports on private support
Endowment reports
Constituent engagement

Institutional Communications

Supports internal communications for UCOP and systemwide business functions and initiatives that impact UC’s diverse employee and retiree population and manages employee-facing communications vehicles.

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Legislative Analysis

Provides policy analysis and coordinates the development of the university’s position on legislation, primarily at the state level, and prepares responses to legislative, gubernatorial and other official requests.

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Marketing Communications

Builds public awareness of UC’s value and its impact on the lives of people in California and beyond through campaigns, initiatives, programs, announcements, etc.

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State Governmental Relations

Serves as the primary university representative to state elected officials and state agencies to advocate for UC on legislative, budgetary and policy matters.

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Legislation
Budget
Advocacy
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Strategic Communications and Media Relations

Enhances the public’s understanding of the university, interacts with journalists and media outlets, coordinating responses on news coverage, and executes proactive communications strategies.

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UC Health Communications

Provides strategic marketing and communications for UC Health, including development of systemwide collaborations among the five academic medical centers and 18 health professional schools.

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Contact us

Phone: (510) 987-9195

External Relations and Communications
University of California
Office of the President
1111 Franklin Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Media inquiries

Phone: (510) 987-9200

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