Bridget Burns

Executive Director

Named one of Most Innovative People in Higher Education by Washington Monthly, Bridget Burns has spent the past decade advising university presidents, chancellors, and state policy leaders on strategies and practices to expand access to higher education, address costs, and promote completion for students of all backgrounds.

As the founding Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance, she helps institutions collaborate, scale, and diffuse student success innovation across the country. 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, as well as National Associate with the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.

In 2011, she led a successful legislative effort to break Oregon’s seven universities free from state agency status, after which she received the national award for innovation in higher education government relations. Passionate about public service; she has served on several statewide governing boards, including the Oregon State Board of Higher Education and Oregon Student Assistance Commission.