Mr. Burnham is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cambridge Global Capital, LLC. He co-founded Cambridge after a distinguished career in government, diplomacy, banking, and private equity. He has served as Under Secretary General for Management of the United Nations, Under Secretary of State for Management (acting), Assistant Secretary of State for Resource Management and Chief Financial Officer of the U.S. Department of State, Treasurer of the State of Connecticut, three-term Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, vice chairman of Deutsche Bank Asset Management and global co-head of private equity, and CEO of PIMCO’s largest equity arm, Columbus Circle Investors. He has also, most recently, served as a member of Donald Trump's Presidential Transition Team at Department of State.
Mr. Burnham led reforms of the Connecticut Treasury, modernization of the financial and reporting systems of the U.S. State Department, and instituted sweeping governance reforms as chief management officer of the United Nations. This included the establishment of the first UN Ethics Office, the first United Nations Independent Audit Advisory Committee, the adoption of new International Public Sector Accounting Standards, the first comprehensive consolidated annual report in the history of the United Nations, and a new whistleblower protection policy that received independent recognition as the “gold standard.” He also implemented best-in-class financial disclosure reporting by senior United Nations officials and staff, based on the U.S. Government model.
Mr. Burnham joined the United Nations after serving as acting Under Secretary of State for Management for Secretary Condoleezza Rice, and as Assistant Secretary of State for resource management and Chief Financial Officer of the State Department for General Colin Powell. Mr. Burnham joined the Department of State in September 2001, and has been confirmed twice by the United States Senate.
From 2006 to December 2012, Mr. Burnham was the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Deutsche Asset Management, and a member of the Global Operating Committee. In 2008, Mr. Burnham co-founded and led Deutsche Bank’s direct private equity group, RREEF Capital Partners, the bank’s reentry into private equity after an eight-year absence. He also chaired Deutsche Bank’s governance committee in Germany, and is a globally recognized expert in the implementation of accountability, transparency, and best practice in government, corporations, and inter-governmental organizations.
A veteran of the United States Marine Corps Reserve who retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Mr. Burnham volunteered for active duty in 1990 and served as an infantry platoon commander in the Gulf War. He and his men were part of the lead Allied forces to reach and liberate Kuwait City.
He is currently co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Cambridge Global Capital, a venture capital investment firm focused on opportunities in life sciences, cyber and data security, and data analytics.
Mr. Burnham studied national security policy at Georgetown’s National Security Studies Program, and is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and Harvard University, where he earned a master’s degree in Public Administration.