Donald Bonk specializes in business and community economic development in the Knowledge driven and Creative Economy. He helps clients to map and catalyze their assets, with a special emphasis on cutting edge companies, start-ups, younger demographics, and higher education connections.
Bio: Donald M. Bonk works on business and economic development, government affairs, and environmental issues. He also serves as an Economic Development Consultant for the Office of Government Relations at Carnegie Mellon University. Donald served previously as the Director of Strategic Business Connections at Carnegie Mellon University under a Heinz Endowments grant. There, he worked with Start-ups, Alumni Relations, and at the intersection of the wider business development ecosystem at the university. He also consults for the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies where he manages a state related entrepreneurship grant and program.
Donald earned his Master’s Degree in Public Management at Carnegie Mellon, specializing in Economic Development. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
He spent 7½ years as a Regional Coordinator in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s International Trade Program. There, he acted as an international business consultant, helping over 60 companies to export products and services around the world. He recruited for and participated in numerous state and federal international trade missions. Nine of his client companies won the PA Governor’s Export Excellence Award, another won the PA Governor’s Foreign Direct Investment Award. Three client companies won the Department of Commerce’s Export Excellence Award.
He has served the past twelve years as a member of the U.S. Foreign and Commercial Service’s District Export Council in Western Pennsylvania, by appointment of the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. He is also member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s PA Advisory Board.
He is serving his 5th term as President of the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Club of Western PA/Pittsburgh, is the Co-Chair of the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Interview Admissions Program for Pittsburgh, a member of the City of Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority’s Pittsburgh Entrepreneur Fund Advisory Committee, and a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh’s Class XXIV.