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Sheila Burke


Sheila Burke, R.N., M.P.A. is a Faculty Research Fellow at the Malcolm Weiner Center for Social Policy and an adjunct lecturer, John. F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is also a Senior Policy Advisor, Baker Donelson, and a Research Professor at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute. Prior to this, Ms. Burke worked at the Smithsonian Institution, where, in 2004, she became the Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer. From 1996-2000, Ms. Burke served as the Executive Dean and a Lecturer in Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and, from 1986-1996, served as the Chief of Staff to former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole. She was also elected to serve as Secretary of the Senate in 1995. Ms. Burke served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Senate Majority Leader from 1985-1986, as Deputy Staff Director of the Senate Committee on Finance from 1982-1985, and was a Professional Staff Member of the Committee from 1979-1982.

Ms. Burke currently serves as a member of the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and as a member of the Board of Visitors for Georgetown University’s School of Nursing and Health Studies. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Public Administration and the National Academy of Social Insurance. She serves as chair of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Advisory Board on the Future of Nursing; member, Board of Directors, Bipartisan Policy Center; member, National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research; member, Board of Directors, Association of American Medical Colleges; member, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured; member, Harvard Interfaculty Program for Health Systems Improvement; member, Board of Advisors, Mongan Institute for Health Policy, Partners Health Care. She also serves on a number of corporate boards, including the Chubb Corporation and Wellpoint Health Networks.

Ms. Burke, who is a native of San Francisco, California, earned a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of San Francisco.

Early in her career she worked as a staff nurse in Berkeley, California, and was Director of Program and Field Services for the National Student Nurses Association in New York.