Burke served as Executive Dean of the school from 1996- 2000. Previously she had been Chief of Staff to former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (1985 to 1996), a professional staff member of the Senate Committee on Finance (1979-1982, and Deputy Staff Director of that committee (1982 to 1985). She is a member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. She serves on the adjunct faculty at Georgetown University and is a Distinguished Visitor at the ONeill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown Law Center. She serves on several boards including the Kaiser Commission on the Future of Medicaid and the Uninsured and the Partnership for Public Service. She served as a member of the Medicaid Payment Advisory Commission 2000-2007, the Kaiser Family Foundation 1999-2008. Burke is married and has three children. Burke holds an MPA from the Kennedy School, a BS in nursing from the University of San Francisco and worked as a staff nurse in Berkeley, California.