Barbara Donaldson, Vice President of Real Estate and Facilities, Synopsys

Barbara Donaldson, Advancing Women Executives Leader

Barbara Donaldson, Advancing Women Executives Leader

Barbara Donaldson is Vice President of Real Estate and Facilities at Synopsys, a global leader in electronic design automation (EDA). Barbara joined Synopsys in 1995 and has held various positions of progressive responsibility within the real estate and facilities group. In her current role, Barbara manages a worldwide team with responsibility for more than 80 sites in 25 countries. In addition to managing the complexity of an operating budget of more than $100M, Barbara’s primary focus at Synopsys is to enhance the company's competitive advantage by providing an exceptional work environment.  She has incredible knowledge with regard to mergers/acquisition integration, portfolio management and vendor partnerships.  Under her leadership, Synopsys’ Real Estate and Facilities team has achieved EB (Existing Building) LEED Gold for several corporate buildings, Energy Star for the headquarter campus, and LEED status for key sites across the globe.  In 2010, Barbara proudly represented Synopsys as a Silicon Valley YWCA TWIN (Tribute to Women) award recipient. This prestigious award recognizes women who exemplify excellence in executive level positions.  Barbara also enjoys mentoring young women through her participation in the Women Unlimited program.

Barbara is an active member of CoreNet, having served in several roles in the Northern California Chapter, including President, Executive Vice President, Programs Co-Chair, and Co-Chair of the Community Reinvestment Committee.  In 2012 she was awarded the CoreNet Real Estate Executive of the Year award for the Northern California Chapter.  Through CoreNet Global, she has achieved a Masters of Corporate Real Estate (MCR) designation, and has her Certified Facility Management (CFM) with IFMA.

Barbara holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco, and an MBA with U.C. Berkeley and Columbia University. Prior to joining Synopsys, Barbara held management positions at other Bay Area firms including ADP and Micro Focus.