Sheila P. Burke is a Faculty Research Fellow at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy and a member of the faculty at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is also a Senior Public Policy Advisor, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz.
Ms. Burke joined the Smithsonian Institution in 2000 as Under Secretary for American Museums and National Programs and in 2004 became Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer..
From 1996 to 2000, she was Executive Dean and lecturer in public policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Ms. Burke was Chief of Staff to Senator Bob Dole, from 1986 to 1996, when he was Senate Minority and then the Majority Leader. In 1995, she was elected as Secretary of the Senate, the chief administrative officer of the U.S. Senate. She joined the staff of the Senate Finance Committee in 1978, becoming Deputy Staff Director of the Committee in 1982. Ms. Burke served as a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission from 2000 to 2007, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Kaiser Family Foundation, serving as Chair of the Board from 2005 to 2008.
Ms. Burke was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences in 2004 and to the National Academy of Public Administration.
David Vlahov is Dean and Professor of Nursing Education at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing. He brings experience in inter-professional and interdisciplinary education and research, serving on the faculty as Professor of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins and Columbia Universities, with adjuncts in Medical Schools at Cornell, Mount Sinai and New York University and the College of Nursing at New York University.
He has also served as co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholars program. He brings research expertise in epidemiology, infectious diseases, substance abuse and mental health.
Dr. Vlahov conducted studies of urban populations in Baltimore for over 20 years and has led epidemiologic studies in Harlem and the Bronx, which have contributed much information on racial/ethnic disparities in health and approaches to address such disparities.
Dr. Vlahov initiated the International Society for Urban Health serving as its first President, and also served on the New York City Board of Health. Dr. Vlahov is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Urban Health. In 2011 Dr. Vlahov was both elected to the Institute of Medicine and inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.]