Councilmember Emily Beach

Emily Beach 

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


Emily Beach was elected to Burlingame City Council in 2015 and 2019.  She believes local government must be effective, accessible, responsive, and sensible – and its representatives must consider every decision’s long-term impact. She is laser-focused on improving the quality of life for all Burlingame residents, and prioritizes forward-thinking transportation improvements, affordability, and fiscal discipline.  She believes in a thriving and balanced Burlingame; one that embraces positive change while maintaining deep respect for our community’s character.

Professional experience
Emily’s professional experience spans 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.  Emily also worked as a business executive in Silicon Valley before re-inventing herself as a stay-at-home mom and active community volunteer.

Community involvement
Emily served four years on Burlingame Community for Education Foundation’s (BCE) Board of Directors, including two years as president from 2013-15.  During her time with BCE, the Foundation experienced the greatest period of fundraising and volunteerism growth in its nearly 40-year history.  For her leadership, long-term service to the school district, and positive impact on Burlingame students, Burlingame School District (BSD) honored Emily with their annual H. Jay Burns Service Award in 2018. Emily also served as past-chair of First Presbyterian Nursery School’s Board and a Girl Scout volunteer.  Currently, she is an active parishioner and music volunteer at St. Catherine of Siena Church, Peninsula Humane Society volunteer, member of the Burlingame Rotary Club, and music teacher at UMC Nursery School since 2010.  Emily is a 2017 graduate of the Leadership Program of San Mateo, Burlingame, Foster City and Hillsborough, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Leadership Council San Mateo County. 

Personal background
Emily lives in the Burlingame Gate neighborhood with her husband and two teenagers, both of whom attend public schools.  The Beach Family enjoys biking together, camping, hiking, visiting national parks, and following college football – particularly the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Wisconsin Badgers.  They were a licensed Foster Family with the County of San Mateo from 2011-2020.  Emily is also an accomplished musician and enjoys playing guitar, performing, and songwriting. 

Committee and regional experience
Emily serves on numerous regional committees and boards.  The additional duties reflect her passion for transportation, infrastructure, and sustainability:

Burlingame Subcommittees:

Alternate Burlingame representative for:

  • San Mateo County Emergency Services Council Board of Directors
  • Peninsula Cities Consortium

Prior committee experience:

  • San Mateo County Emergency Services Council Board of Directors (2015-2017)
  • Fire/ALS (Advanced Life Support) Services Board of Directors (2015-2017)
  • City Council Liaison to Burlingame Chamber of Commerce (2015-2017)
  • South Bay Waste Management Authority Alternate (2015-2017)
  • SF Airport Roundtable Alternate (2015-2017)
  • Burlingame Economic Development Subcommittee (2017-2019)
  • City/County Association of Governments (C/CAG) Alternate (2016-2020)