Vice-Mayor Emily Beach

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E-mail: ebeach@burlingame.org
Term expires November 2024


Emily Beach was elected to Burlingame City Council in 2015, re-elected in 2019, and served as Burlingame’s 50th Mayor in 2020. She believes local government must be effective, accessible, responsive, and sensible – and its representatives must consider every decision’s long-term impact. Emily prioritizes affordability, sustainability, forward-thinking transportation improvements, and fiscal responsibility in her local policy work. 

Emily’s professional experience spans the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame (B.A. Government and Spanish) on an Army ROTC scholarship, she served as a U.S. Army officer in Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and Texas. During her four years on active duty, she earned the rank of Captain and the U.S. Army Parachutist Badge. Later, she worked as a private sector business executive, non-profit leader, and community volunteer. Currently Emily is a Regional Director for JobTrain, a non-profit workforce development organization that empowers people to find better jobs and sustainable careers. 

Committee and regional experience:

Burlingame subcommittees:

Prior experience:

Community involvement: 

  • Leadership Council San Mateo County, Founding Board of Directors (2020-2023)
  • Burlingame Rotary Club (2019-present)
  • Burlingame Community for Education Foundation Board of Directors (2011-2015;  President, President-Elect, Vice President of Scholars Circle)
  • Parent Board Member, First Presbyterian Church Nursery School (2009-2012; Chairperson 2011-2012)
  • Music Teacher, UMC Nursery School (2010-2020)
  • Music Volunteer, St. Catherine of Siena Church (2010-2020) and Congregational Church of San Mateo (2022-present)
  • Licensed San Mateo County Foster Resource Parent (2011-2020)
  • Girl Scouts volunteer (2014-2016)
  • Leadership Program of San Mateo, Burlingame, Foster City, and Hillsborough Graduate (2017)
  • Peninsula Humane Society volunteer (2018-2022)
  • Burlingame School District H. Jay Burns Service Award (2018)
  • Burlingame Community for Education Foundation Distinguished Service Award (2021)
Personal background:

Emily lives in the Burlingame Gate neighborhood with her husband and two teenagers. In her free time, Emily loves cycling, swimming, Tai Chi, playing guitar, and backpacking with her family.