Donald M. Bonk lunch lecture

The Harvard Club is planning to host another stimulating season of luncheon lectures at The Allegheny HYP Club, 619 William Place (  Lunch is $20 for members of the Harvard Club and students ($25 for non-members) and runs from 12:00 to 1:30 PM.

Please call Amanda (412-281-5858) at the Allegheny HYP Club for reservations.  You may pay at the door.   


The Pittsburgh region has multi-level government, academic, foundation, and trade group networks that help drive next generation economic and business growth in Pittsburgh/Western PA. Having worked closely for and with many of them, over many years, Donald M. Bonk is uniquely positioned to share how they help spark, connect, accelerate, and sometimes drive economic and business development in the region now, and in new ways, far into the future.

These key connections and expert knowledge can help firms and regions succeed in the local, national, and global economy. He will outline how to make the most of government, academic, trade group, and non-profit expertise and intelligence, to help grow a company or the region.

Donald is a Senior Advisor for Abraham & Roetzel Government Affairs, based in Washington, D.C., with satellite offices in Harrisburg, PA and Columbus, OH. He works on business development, government affairs, and environmental issues. The firm was founded by Spencer Abraham, former U.S. Energy Secretary, former U.S. Senator from Michigan, and Harvard Law School Graduate.

Donald also acts as a project-based Economic Development Consultant for the Office of Government Relations at Carnegie Mellon University. Donald served previously as the Director of Strategic Business Connectionsat 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 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.

Donald 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 theDepartment of Commerce's Export Excellence Award.  He has served the past ten years as a member of theU.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.