Richard Capra and Jake Blackshear are both managers at the University of California, San Francisco. They met through the university Academic Business Officers Group’s mentoring program and have maintained their partnership for over 3 years. This blog is an effort to extend the impact of their mentoring partnership.

Richard Capra, “The Mentor”

Richard is the Chief Administrative Officer for UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, where he directs all aspects of the Clinical, Research, and Academic Divisions. He has built and led many new programs and service lines throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as a Cancer Institute and then Heart Institute service lines for the Sutter Health System.

Outside of Academic Healthcare, Richard has started and grown his own business, as well as has been the Administrative Director of a large Assisted and Alzheimer’s Living Community in the bay area.  On the creative side, Richard was the General Manager for a SF Production Company where progressive growth, financial viability, infrastructure and quality were his focus.

Jake Blackshear, “The Mentee”

Over the last 5 years, Jake Blackshear has worked his way up from the front desk to a management role at the UCSF Center for the Health Professions. He currently leads new business development and marketing efforts for the department’s leadership development programs. Also during the last 5 years, Jake earned an MBA in sustainable management and founded 3 small businesses. His interests include entrepreneurship, innovation, creative financing and social ventures.

At the UCSF Center for the Health Professions, Jake’s accomplishments include financial managment, systems improvements, and educational program development. Outside of UCSF, Jake is a jazz saxophonist and educator. His recent entrepreneurial efforts include the PresidioBooks used textbook service and The Can Van mobile beer canning service. In all of his efforts Jake’s focus is on creative solutions, radical simplicity and teamwork.


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