Nirmala Bandrapalli is a busy mother of 3 who is from Burlingame, CA. When she isn’t running her family, she enjoys spending time working to better the community around her.  

Nirmala is currently serving on the Commission on the Status of Women. Prior to this experience, she had the opportunity to serve on the Burlingame City Planning Commission. Nirmala loves playing an active role in her children’s education so she served as a representative on the Lincoln Elementary School, Burlingame Intermediate School, and Burlingame High School’s Advisory Committee. She also thoroughly enjoys getting involved with and helping her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop! 

Nirmala also had the privilege of being the 88th President (and 3rd woman president) of the Burlingame Lions club. Protecting her community and being a mother are two things that she is very proud of and she showcases this by also being a continued emergency preparedness organizer for her neighborhood and being a proud participant on the Burlingame Mothers’ Club Board.

Nirmala serves on a few Non-Profit boards such as Science Guru’s, a program she co-founded to encourage students to excel in science-based careers. The Leadership Program board is another program that is close to her heart. This program provides individuals from business, civic and nonprofit sectors with a framework for engagement in the communities of San Mateo, Foster City, Burlingame, and Hillsborough. Nirmala is incredibly passionate about health and fitness and so she co-founded a Fitness Program, Xtrim Bollywood, promoting health and fitness throughout the Bay Area

Nirmala’s professional experience includes 11 years as a manager at Genentech, a biotech company located in South San Francisco.  She was actively involved with the South Asian Network at Genentech (SANG), a diversity networking group at Genentech, for over 10 years and held various positions including Co-Chair of the organization. She currently works for Kaiser Permanente as a Project Manager and holds a Project Management Professional certification and a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry from USF.  

If there is one thing you must know about Nirmala it is that she strongly believes that privilege always comes with a responsibility. She believes the capacity to serve is what truly gives life its deepest significance. There is joy in serving others. It is a way of life that enriches the quality of living. It puts more life into your year (quality) and more year into your life (quantity) and promotes personal growth through "Service Above Self". 

.Nirmala believes that being a commissioner teaches us to be Citizens of the world. Through all of our activities and service, we work to create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of our world. She can’t wait to see what this next year unfolds!


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Nirmala Bandrapalli