Managing Director, Strategic Initiatives & Impact
Dr. Amanda Burke joined the Center For the Future of Arizona (CFA) in 2009 and is the Managing Director, Strategic Initiatives and Impact. Dr. Burke focuses on innovation and systemic change that will advance the priorities of Arizonans and the long-term future success of the state. She oversees CFA’s strategic initiatives in the areas of education, workforce, and civic health.
Dr. Burke previously served as CFA’s Senior Director, Education and Workforce. Prior to joining CFA, she was the Director of Education Innovation and Policy at Arizona State University in the Office of University Initiatives within the Office of the President. Since 2004, Dr. Burke has worked at the intersection of policy and practice and been instrumental in designing and implementing large-scale transformation initiatives. She is a Teach For America alumna and also worked as a consultant with the global management consulting firm Accenture.
Dr. Burke earned a Doctorate of Educational Leadership and Innovation and a Master of Educational Administration and Supervision from Arizona State University. She also holds a bachelor of arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.
Why does working at CFA support what you are passionate about professionally?
I am deeply committed to creating an education system that delivers on the promise of excellence for every child. This requires thought and it requires action-- which is precisely what we do at CFA as a "do-tank."
What do you enjoy in your personal time?
When not playing hide-and-seek with my young son, I enjoy running (with the exception of in the summer...), catching up with friends, listening to music and exploring new places. I hope to add hiking to that list soon-- the trails are calling my name!
Why do you love Arizona?
I love the sense of possibility that exists in Arizona. My husband and I moved to Arizona from Texas 11 years ago to pursue graduate work and stayed because of the feeling we could play a part in shaping our community and state. The incredible landscape must be mentioned as well.