For the past decade, Dr. Bridget Burns has advised university presidents, system chancellors, and state and federal policy leaders on strategies to expand access to higher education, address costs, and promote completion for students of all backgrounds. Named one of the "16 Most Innovative People in Higher Education" by Washington Monthly, she is the founding Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance (UIA). The UIA is a national consortium of large public research universities collaborating to improve outcomes for all students through innovation, scale, and diffusion of best practices.
She previously served as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow at Arizona State University, Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor for the Oregon University System, and National Associate for the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. She was the recipient of the Edwin Crawford Award for Innovation in higher education government relations in 2012, and has been appointed to serve on several statewide governing boards including ones governing higher education institutions, financial aid policy, and policy areas impacting children and families.