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Sheila P. Burke

Sheila P. Burke, American federal agency administrator. Member of Institute Medicine.


  • Burke, Sheila P. was born on January 10, 1951 in San Francisco, California, United States. Daughter of George Abbott and Mary Joan (Winfield) Burke.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of science in nursing, University San Francisco, 1973. Master of Arts in Public Administration, Harvard University, 1982.


    • Staff nurse Alta Bates Hospital, Berkeley, California, 1973-1974. Director student affairs National Student Nurses Association, New York, 1974-1975, director program and field services, 1975-1977. Legislation assistant Senator Bob Dole, 1977-1978.

      Professional staff member Senate Committee Finance, United States Senate, 1979-1982, deputy staff director, 1982-1985. Deputy chief of staff Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, United States Senate, 1985-1986. Chief of staff Senator Bob Dole, 1986-1996.

      Secretary United States Senate, Washington, 1995. Undersecretary American Museum and national programs Smithsonian Institution, 2000—2003, deputy secretary, chief operating officer, 2004—2007. Adjunct nursing faculty Georgetown University.

      Research assistant J.F. Kennedy School Government, Harvard University, 1980-1981, advisor to dean, 1996, executive dean, lecturer public policy, 1996-2000, adjunct lecturer, since 2000.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Member of Institute Medicine.


    • Married David Chew, January 1983. Children: Daniel, Kathleen, Sarah.
    • father: George Abbott Burke
    • mother: Mary Joan (Winfield) Burke
    • spouse: David Chew
    • children: Daniel Burke
    • Kathleen Burke
    • Sarah Burke
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    Born January 10, 1951
    (age 66)