Sheila Burke is Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy. Having received her MPA from the Kennedy School in 1982, she returned in 1996 to serve as Executive Dean through June 2000. In between she was Chief of Staff to former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (1985 to 1996). She also was Deputy Staff Director of the Senate Committee on Finance (1982 to 1985), having been a professional staff member of the committee from 1979 to 1982.
Burke holds a BS in nursing from the University of San Francisco and worked as a staff nurse in Berkeley, California. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. She serves on the adjunct faculty at Georgetown University, on the boards of trustees of the Kaiser Commission on the Future of Medicaid and the Uninsured, and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, as chair of the Kaiser Family Foundation, and on a number of corporate boards.
Burke is married and has three children.