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Position Title
Executive Assistant Dean

Inaugural Exploration Committee


Executive Assistant Dean Donna Watkins Olsson has served as the chief staff adviser to the Biological Sciences dean since 2000. Olsson provides strategic recommendations and manages the college-wide budget; administration; academic and staff personnel; information technology; liability; and major capital/facilities projects. Prior to joining Biological Sciences, Olsson was the Assistant Director and Principal Analyst for the UC Davis Budget Office and Director of the California Legislative Analyst’s Office. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy, and earned her Bachelor of Science at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.