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Investing in the Future of Burlingame

Speaker Series 2021


The Burlingame Community Education Foundation (BCE) Endowment Council is excited to announce the first 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. 

More information on future events is forthcoming but mark your calendars:

Wednesday, March 24th at 7:30pm

Investing in the Future of Burlingame Speaker Series: Business Growth

Wednesday, May 19th at 7:30pm

Investing in the Future of Burlingame Speaker Series: Quality of Life


       BCE Endowment Council Presents

        What Is Burlingame's Climate Plan? 

         Video Available      


Panelists include:

  • Dave PineSan Mateo County Board Supervisor

  • Michael Brownrigg | Burlingame City Councilman and Twice Mayor

  • Sigalle MichaelBurlingame Sustainability Coordinator

  • Terry NagelChair of Board of Directors, Sustainable San Mateo County, Co-founder Citizens Environmental Council, and Twice Mayor

  • Rusty Hopewell MS, RDBurlingame School District Healthy School Environment Programs

Panelist Bios

Dave Pine


Dave Pine has served on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors since 2011, including as Board President in 2014 and 2018. Prior to that, he served as Trustee of the Burlingame School District Board and the San Mateo Union High School District Board.

Supervisor Pine has worked extensively on the intersecting issues of flood control, sea level rise and tidal land restoration with the following leadership roles:

  • Founding Chair of the San Mateo County Flood and Sea Level Rise Resiliency District, the first county-level agency in the state to directly focus on sea level rise;

  • Chair of the SF Bay Restoration Authority where he helped pass Measure AA, the nine-county Bay Area parcel tax that funds shoreline projects to protect and restore the Bay;

  • Member of the SF Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) which requires sea level rise planning for new shoreline projects; and

  • Board member of the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority which recently completed a significant flood and sea level rise mitigation project and has ambitious plans to protect an eleven-mile stretch of the Bay shoreline.

Supervisor Pine also is the founding chair of Peninsula Clean Energy which provides San Mateo County residents and businesses with cleaner energy at lower rates. In addition, he serves as Chair of the Caltrain Joint Powers Board and as a member of the San Mateo County Transit (SamTrans) District Board.
Originally from New Hampshire, Pine is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where he was awarded a Harry S. Truman Scholarship, and the University of Michigan Law School. He lives in Burlingame with his wife Jane and their two sons.

Michael Brownrigg

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Michael’s 30 years of public service spans 12 years as a US Diplomat serving in the Middle East, China and Washington DC, and more recently18 years in local government, including 8 years on Burlingame’s Planning Commission and 10 years on City Council, twice serving as Mayor. In his
time on Council, Burlingame has improved infrastructure, added affordable housing, created a General Plan that creates a whole new neighborhood in Burlingame with a 20% increase in housing units over 10 years, paid down inherited pension deficits while adding to rainy day funds, and added new parks, schools and even a Town Square. Burlingame is widely described as one of the best run cities on the Peninsula.


Regionally, Michael serves on the Central County Fire Department JPA Board, on the South Bay Waste Management Agency (where he also serves as the Zero Waste Committee chairman) and on the board of San Mateo County’s affordable housing finance agency, HEART. Michael also serves on the Advisory Board of Foundation for College Education, a non-profit that helps kids of color from East Palo Alto attend and graduate from a 4 year college program.

In his private life, Michael has used finance to grow businesses that are doing social good while earning a return for investors. He co-founded one of the nation’s first impact investment banks, TOTAL Impact Capital ( and is now a Managing Director for A&H Capital, which intends to create wealth for workers of color and communities of color through employee-ownership. He is also acting as Chief of Staff to United HOPE Builders, an enterprise founded and managed by people of color that plans to open a steel modular housing factory in East Palo Alto to address the region’s chronic affordable housing needs.​

Sigalle Michael

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​Sigalle Michael is the Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Burlingame since 2014 and has years of experience in developing and implementing environmental efforts for local governments.


Prior to Burlingame, she worked for the Bay Area Air District on clean air and climate action policies.

Terry Nagel

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Terry is a veteran journalist who was elected to the Burlingame City Council in 2003 and served 12 years, including three terms as mayor. While on the council, she got campaign finance reform adopted and started the Burlingame Pet Parade and the Burlingame Neighborhood Network. During her first term as mayor, she appointed a Green Ribbon Task Force that created the city’s first Climate Action Plan (CAP), and she was named to the county’s first committee working on sustainability issues.


After Burlingame’s CAP was adopted in 2009, she helped form the Citizens Environmental Council, which champions sustainability in Burlingame and on the Peninsula. She currently chairs the Board of Sustainable San Mateo County.


Terry worked as a writer and editor at the San Mateo Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and Forbes magazine. She served in communications roles for various nonprofits, the Skoll Foundation,
the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, and Stanford Law School. She has been a Burlingame homeowner and an active community volunteer since 1978.

Rusty Hopewell

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Rusty Hopewell (MS, RD) is the District Wellness Coordinator for the Burlingame School District. In his eight years with the District, Rusty has worn many hats, including that as garden educator, Safe Routes to School program coordinator,  the Human Sexual Health, and the Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Drugs units developer and instructor, and most recently as the District’s sustainability coordinator.


Rusty has developed a comprehensive composting program that diverts the District’s leaves, grass clippings, and garden waste into a student-engaging composting program, and has worked with administrators, staff, and students in reducing waste throughout the District.


Rusty has been working in the field of student and staff wellness and teaching outdoor education in school gardens throughout the Bay Area school districts for fifteen years.​

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