As only the second president of the organization, founded in 2004 to help shape the regional economic development agenda, Burke brings both an intense passion and an emotional intelligence to the otherwise staid work of economic development.
“She’s got a great sense of humor,” said Brad Whitehead, the fund’s first president and Burke’s former boss. “Sometimes when you are in the office, you can hear her laugh from down the hall, and what a great thing to be in an office where you hear the boss laughing, as opposed to hearing the boss yelling.”
Burke was first hired as a manager of emerging initiatives in 2010 after honing her financial and analytical skills as lead of cost risk assessments at Northrop Grumman in the Washington, D.C., area. By 2018, she was promoted to vice president and continued adding new projects to her slate of responsibilities, including “The Two Tomorrows” report on inclusive economic growth in Northeast Ohio.