Rhiannon Bailard

Chief Operating Officer


Rhiannon  Bailard is a veteran administrator in higher education, having served at three different institutions of higher education for nearly twenty years. As our Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Bailard oversees facilities, construction/capital projects, sustainability, safety/security, events, the Academic Village, space allocation, retail/auxiliaries, and housing. Successes at the College include serving as pandemic lead to guide the continuation of campus operations during the shutdown and overseeing the design, construction, and operationalization of a 300,000 sq. ft., 656-unit mixed-use building that serves UC Law SF, UCSF, UOP, UC Davis, USF, GGU and more, which recently won the SF Business Times Community Impact Real Estate Deal of the Year Award for 2023.

Prior to joining the leadership team of UC Law SF, she served as the Associate Vice President for Governmental & Regulatory Affairs at Pepperdine University, where she served for twelve years. Her accomplishments there include Los Angeles County and California Coastal Commission approval of a Long Range Campus Plan and creation of the Pepperdine University Center for Sustainability. Prior to attending law school at the Caruso School of Law at Pepperdine University, she worked at her undergraduate alma mater, the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Ms. Bailard also proudly serves on the Mid-Market Foundation Board, which works to improve safety, activation, and the quality of life for the greater Mid-Market, Tenderloin, and Civic Center neighborhoods in San Francisco. And, she is on the Executive Board including chairing the External Affairs committee for the nonprofit Save the Bay, which is dedicated to protecting and restoring San Francisco Bay for people and wildlife.


  • Caruso School of Law, Pepperdine University
    Juris Doctor, Cum Laude

  • Straus Institute, Pepperdine University
    Certificate in Dispute Resolution

  • University of Colorado at Boulder
    Bachelor of Arts in Psychology


  • Community Impact Real Estate Deal of the Year Award
    The San Francisco Business Times awarded UC Law SF the Community Impact real estate deal of the year award for 2023. The award acknowledged the impact of the College's tremendous investment in the Tenderloin neighborhood along with the intentionality of the design, which sought to bring the community into the building both literally and figuratively. The College views its role as an anchor institution of the Tenderloin as part and parcel with its mission and this award acknowledged that commitment.