Sharon Burke

Senior Advisor, International Security Program and Resource Security Program, New America

    Honorable Sharon E. Burke is a Senior Advisor and Program Director at New America, a Washington, DC-based civic organization. Before joining New America, Burke served in the Obama Administration as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy, a new office that worked to improve the energy security of U.S. Armed Forces. In that capacity, Burke drafted the energy strategy for the Department of Defense, managed a $20 million dollar annual R&D budget, and developed wargames on geopolitics and energy. Burke has held a number of other senior U.S. government positions, including at the Department of State. She was educated in the United States at Williams College and Columbia University, is widely published, and has numerous awards and affiliations, including with the U.S. National Science Foundation and the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory.