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BCE Endowment Council Presents
Investing in the Future of Burlingame Speaker Series: Quality of Life
Wednesday, May 19th at 7:30 pm
Ann O'Brien Keighran | Burlingame City Mayor
Chris Mount-Benites | Burlingame School District Superintendent
Margaret Glomstad | Burlingame Parks & Recreation Director
Elisabeth Ostrow | Chair, Burlingame Library Commission
Ann O'Brien Keighran has been a resident of Burlingame for over 40 years. She worked as a registered nurse at Sequoia Hospital for nine years. Additionally, she has worked as a clinical instructor at the College of San Mateo and the University of San Francisco. Currently, she works as a legislative aid for San Mateo County Supervisor David J. Canepa, representing North San Mateo County. Ann was first elected in November 2005 and is now serving as Mayor for the fourth time. Ann's focus is to ensure that Burlingame will be a great place today and for future generations to come. Her focus is also to ensure that Burlingame maintains its character and charm so that our residents and businesses remain in our City.
Chris Mount-Benites comes to Burlingame to serve prepared with decades of public education experience in both New York and California in both large and small districts. As a classroom teacher of nearly a decade in both English and the Social Sciences, Superintendent Mount-Benites built a strong reputation for innovative, integrated curricula while teaching in New York and Los Angeles which lead him to leadership roles in labor-management collaboratives, as a site principal for both elementary and high schools and to the role of Director of Curriculum and Instruction for K-12 districts. The focus of Superintendent Mount-Benites' curricular structure is innovation and access for all in diverse schools while maintaining high levels of rigor and academic achievement. He firmly believes in keeping to these educational values while maintaining the model of access and success in public education as a right for all children and educators as important public servants and facilitators.
Parks and Recreation Director Margaret Glomstad knows the value of parks and recreation services in the quality of life and health and well-being of the people, community, environment, and economy. While her degrees aren’t in Parks and Recreation, she has always had a passion for the outdoors and Recreation, as evidenced by her earliest jobs as a Rec Leader and Lifeguard. Throughout her 30 year career in P&R, she has refined her vision to help all individuals in the community to achieve a healthy, active, and balanced lifestyle by building strong relationships, collaborating to support families and seniors, and providing safe and fun parks and programming. She was raised in San Mateo and still lives there with her family.
Elisabeth Ostrow was appointed as a Library Trustee in 2019 and currently serves as Library Board president. After teaching middle school and practicing law in New York City, she moved to Hillsborough in 2001. While raising her three children, she volunteered in various positions at their schools and on their sports teams; her more recent volunteer work has involved teaching in the college preparatory program of the Prison University Project inside San Quentin and working with Project Read, tutoring adults in San Mateo County who seek to improve their literacy skills. Elisabeth also consults with the Annenberg Institute at Brown University on writing projects, helping develop website content, write grant applications, draft annual reports, and summarize research papers.
Elisabeth holds a BA in Literature from Yale University and a JD from New York University.
Investing in the Future of Burlingame
Speaker Series 2021
The Burlingame Community Education Foundation (BCE) Endowment Council is excited to announce the final in a three-part speaker series for the Burlingame community. The BCE endowment is essential to protecting our investments in educational excellence and ensuring Burlingame remains a desirable neighborhood.
Each event of the BCE Endowment Speaker Series will have a Zoom panel format featuring various leaders from our community to talk about different aspects of Burlingame’s future and what they are doing to keep Burlingame great, just as the BCE Endowment is committed to Burlingame schools.
THE ENDOWMENT: Investing for the Future
To provide a source of permanent financial stability to BCE’s annual grant to the Burlingame School District that will meet the needs of future generations of public school students for years to come.
Our great public schools are a key reason that Burlingame is such a desirable place to live. Our schools contribute to strong property values, local businesses, and a vibrant community.