Donna Colson, Mayor, Burlingame City Council

Professional Experience

My professional background began in the world of real estate and housing conducting feasibility for first-time homebuyer and affordable housing developments using tax-increment financing.   Concurrently, my responsiblies included acquisition due diligence for institutional real estate investors such as public pension funds, union pension funds, endowments and foundations.   During my work at Callan Associates, the emphasis was on pension fund strategic management.  While at Baring Asset Management and Tukman, I focused on institutional portfolio management and client relations.  Our children inspired the founding of Burlingamer – a youth oriented sports facility.  My philanthropic work continues to focus on strategic management and financial accountability.


  • Burlingamer – founder and strategic partner, 2011 to 2019      (Donated to local soccer club non-profit in 2019)
  • Tukman Grossman Capital Management – director of client services, 1999 to 2011
  • Baring Asset Management – director of client services and marketing, 1996 to 1999
  • Callan Associates Pension Fund Consulting – analyst/partner, 1988 to 1996
  • Pension Realty Advisors and Spear Street Advisors – analyst, 1985 to 1988

Public Service


  • City of Burlingame – Councilmember and Mayor – 2015 – present
  • Burlingame Park and Recreation – commissioner, 2013 – 2015
  • Burlingame Park and Recreation Foundation – board member, 2012 to present
  • Burlingame Community Advisory Committee for Recreation Center Redevelopment – 2012 to present
  • Burlingame School District Bond Oversight Committee – 2008 to 2009
  • Burlingame Field Use Commission – 2006 to 2010
  • San Mateo County Employees Retirement System (SAMCERA) – trustee, 1998 to 2007

Education


  • BA Political Economics, U.C. Berkeley
  • MBA Finance, U.C. Berkeley

Community Service


  • National Trust for Historic Preservation Washington DC Board Member 2018, member investments committee and historic sites committee – 2018 – present
  • Filoli Estate and Gardens – governing board member and president, 2003 to present
  • Hillsborough Auxiliary to Peninsula Family Service (Sustainer)
  • Boys and Girls Clubs (California Youth of the Year Chairperson)
  • Burlingame Girls Softball – president, co-president, board member, coach, 2008 to 2011
  • Burlingame Soccer Club – volunteer, 2007 to 2015
  • California Gamers Softball – founder
  • Gamers Futsal School – founder

Service in Academics


  • University of Wisconsin, College of Letters and Science – advisory committee 2019 – present
  • University of California, Berkeley Hass Business School – advisory board 2018 – present
  • University of California, Berkeley Haas Business School – Founding member of the Center for Equity Gender and Leadership – 2017 – present
  • Burlingame Community for Education Foundation (BCE) – executive board member, 2005 to 2008
  • Franklin Elementary School Playground Development – committee chair, 2004
  • BIS PTA – co-president, 2009 to 2012
  • BHS Parent Group – president, 2014 to present
  • BHS JV Softball – assistant Coach, 2013 to 2015
  • BHS JV Soccer – co-manager, 2013 to present
  • Yes on A, School Facilities Bond for Burlingame School District – co-chair, 2007
  • Yes on B, School Parcel Tax for Burlingame School District – co-chair, 2010
  • Yes on D, School Facilities Bond for Burlingame School District Finance Committee – 2012

Recognition


  • J Burns Award – Burlingame School District for Exceptional Volunteer Service – 2010
  • Burlingame Community for Education Foundation Service Award – 2014
  • Franklin Elementary School service award – 2005
  • Burlingame Intermediate School (BIS) service award – 2012