Donna Olsson

Donna Olsson

Position Title
Executive Assistant Dean

Dean's Office - College Leadership
College of Biological Sciences


Executive Assistant Dean Donna Watkins Olsson has served as the chief staff advisor to the Biological Sciences dean at UC Davis since 2000. Olsson provides strategic recommendations and manages the college-wide budget; administration; personnel; information technology; liability; and capital/facilities projects.

Prior to joining Biological Sciences, Olsson held Assistant Director and Principal Analyst positions in the UC Davis Budget Office, and Principal Analyst (Education Section) and Director (Health Section) positions in 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.