Sheila Burke

Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy
Faculty Research Fellow
Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy
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Sheila Burke


Sheila P. Burke is Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy. She served as Executive Dean of the school from 1996-2000. Previously she had been Chief of Staff to former senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (1985-1996), a professional staff member of the Senate Committee on Finance (1979-1982), and Deputy Staff Director of that committee (1982 to 1985). She is a member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and the American Academy of Nursing. She serves on the adjunct faculty at Georgetown University and is a Distinguished Visitor at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown Law Center. She serves on several boards including the Kaiser Commission on the Future of Medicaid and the Uninsured, the Partnership for Public Service, and the Association of American Medical Colleges. She served as a member of the Medicaid Payment Advisory Commission 2000-2007, the Kaiser Family Foundation 1999-2008. Burke, who also serves as a Senior Public Policy Advisor at Baker Donelson in Washington DC, is married and has three children. Burke holds an MPA from the Kennedy School, a BS in nursing from the University of San Francisco, and worked as a staff nurse in Berkeley, California.



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