External Relations

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

External Relations is focused on establishing strong relationships with outside constituencies and building broad understanding of the many ways in which UC contributes to the lives of all Californians. Departments within External Relations are responsible for communications, governmental relations at the state and federal levels, and institutional advocacy.

Julie Henderson

Senior Vice President – Public Affairs

Nelson Peacock

Senior Vice President – Government Relations


Alumni and Constituent Affairs

Increases the involvement of alumni in supporting UC through support of UC alumni associations and stewardship of the AAUC.

Top Destinations
Staff and contacts
Alumni and visitor sites
Support UC


Works to build public awareness of UC’s value and its impact on the lives of people in California and beyond.

Top Destinations
What we do
Tips for working with us
Tools and guidelines

Federal Governmental Relations

Works with congress, the administration, federal agencies and national organizations to advocate for the university.

Top Destinations
Campus federal liaisons
Issues and policy papers

Institutional Advancement

Facilitates support for UC through private gifts, grants and contracts as well as federal and state appropriations and contracts.

Top Destinations
Annual reports on private support
Endowment reports
Inventory of policy and delegation


Develops UC's positions on legislative issues and provides analysis and research in support of policy initiatives.

Top Destinations
Federal legislation
UC-sponsored legislation
Policy initiatives and projects

State Governmental Relations

Serves as the primary university representative to state elected officials and agencies.

Top Destinations
Budget resources

Contact us

Phone: (510) 987-9195

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

Media inquiries

Phone: (510) 987-9200

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