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Jasmine Santoyo-Olsson

Project Director, Division of General Internal Medicine

Here is what Jasmine’s nominator had to say about her:

Jasmine is an absolute superstar in her work as a Project Manager for research teams. I do not think my unit and our research portfolio would have survived the added pressures of COVID-19 on our work and our staff without her. Jasmine partners with me to supervise 3 clinical research coordinators (2 full-time and 1 50%-time person) while also fulfilling her many complex job roles and tasks. The CRCs also give me consistently stellar reviews of Jasmine and her work on their team- for example, how she supports their learning, skills-building, goals, and well-being, and also how they consider her to be a wonderful and inspiring role model. During her 15+ years at UCSF, Jasmine has constantly pushed herself as an adult learner and in doing so, has helped all those around her to learn, which very much includes me. Despite technically being her supervisor, I learn as much from Jasmine (and probably more) than she learns from me. Believe it or not, Jasmine is enrolled in the UCB graduate program in public health and recently passed her oral exams for her doctoral degree while also working as my unit's Project Manager and raising a family! I am committed to supporting Jasmine in her career in any way I can - whether at UCSF or beyond. I just hope it continues to be at UCSF.

Nominated by: Veronica Yank

Jasmine's Bio:

My passion is bringing science to under-resourced communities, and I have been able to pursue this while at UCSF. As a Project Director, I seek research projects that focus on health equity and that engage community throughout the research process. My work experience has focused on managing, adapting, evaluating, and disseminating community-based interventions that aim to improve the health and well-being among ethnically diverse adult populations. The local and social environment plays a large role in the health and well-being of individuals, so creating impact within the community infrastructure is part of the process. Identifying and building on community’s strengths, resources, and relationships they have within their communities is one way to sustain interventions and address communal health concerns. I have been a Project Director, currently in the Division of General Internal Medicine, for the past 15 years. I am also currently a doctoral candidate at the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health.

What’s a favorite movie or TV Show you’ve watched recently?

No show in particular, but I enjoy binging international shows on Netflix.

What’s on your reading list?   

I take my book recommendations from my 3 teenage daughters, so I am currently reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. It is one way to for me to engage with my girls, and their recommendations tend to be quick and easy reads.

What advice would you give yourself early on in your career? To a woman entering your field today?

When you hear “no”, remind yourself “sí, se puede” (yes you can). It is ok to take the road less traveled, there is no wrong or right way to get to where you want to be. Along the way surround yourself with those who see your greatness, even when you don’t see it in yourself.

Can you tell us about an important role model or mentor in your life?

I have been blessed with two very strong and influential mentors, Dr. Anna Napoles and Dr. Anita Stewart, faculty at UCSF. They have always believed in me, encouraged my ideas, supported my career goals, and pushed me toward greatness. I am so lucky that they continue to be part of my life even after so many years.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I like doing activities with my 3 favorite teenagers (my daughter and twin girls), and spending quiet time with my husband. I enjoy spoiling my fur babies (two huskies and 10-pound mutt), and watching their playful banter. I like to try new recipes, and hope my family gives the recipe their stamp of approval.

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