Burke brings strategic thinking and subject matter expertise in project development and cluster initiatives aimed at increasing regional and institutional competitiveness in education, workforce and economic development. As Director of the Trans-Atlantic Training Alliance (TA3), Burke leads a consortium of community and technical colleges in the U.S. and Europe that promote learning and innovation across borders, supports regional economies, and promotes the value and importance of a global perspective.
Burke brings years of experience building effective collaboration across systems, with community and technical colleges, universities, state and local government, and the private sector. She has helped lead cluster-focused regional competitiveness projects in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, MN as well as in Puebla, Mexico. In December 2013, Burke was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, Harvard Business School, for her outstanding contributions to the Microeconomics of Competitiveness (MOC) International Affiliate Network. As faculty, advisor, and practitioner, she has been teaching the MOC course on clusters and economic competitiveness since 2006 at the University of Minnesota and at UPAEP and CETYS Universities in Mexico. She is dedicated to bringing relevant economic development theory, strategy, and methodology to the classroom, integrating education and workforce development as priority factors of economic competitiveness.
Burke earned her Bachelor´s degree in anthropology at Smith College and a Masters of Public Affairs in Sustainable Community and Economic Development, focused on education reform, youth development, and civic engagement at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota.