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Burke Fishburn

Burke Fishburn brings a wealth of global public health, management, and strategic evaluation and planning expertise to our organization. He began his professional career as a US Naval Officer, eventually transitioned to public health at the federal level. He managed the US Department of Health and Human Services legislative program, became a senior advisor on food and drug safety policy, then built a policy and evaluation team for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office on Smoking and Health. In 2001, Burke made the move to global public health, first as a CDC Technical Officer on loan to the World Health Organization in Vietnam and other countries, and later as a WHO Regional Coordinator for the Tobacco Free Initiative responsible for anti-smoking activities in over 20 countries. Burke then founded and managed a series of consulting firms devoted to global public health. During this time he also served in leadership positions with the Colorado Public Health Association, including a three-year term as President. Most recently he was the Executive Director of the Denver-based Posner Center for International Development, a global community of development organizations.