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Michael J. Burke

Jersey City, NJ

Michael Burke has had a successful career in organizational and financial management in the not-for-profit, government and private sectors. As the Chief Operating Officer of New York Life’s private foundation, he has operational and financial oversight of the foundation and manages operations and budgeting for the company’s corporate responsibility activities. Before joining New York Life, he served as Chief Operating Officer of the Brooklyn Community Foundation, the largest foundation exclusively dedicated to supporting Brooklyn-based nonprofits. Before that, Michael helped found and was the Chief Operating Officer of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, a local development corporation dedicated to supporting the redevelopment of the City’s third largest business district. Michael previously served as Chief of Staff for Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, and in the private sector was Vice President in community and housing development matters for Manufacturers Hanover Trust and Chemical Bank.

Throughout his life, Michael has been actively involved in community-based advocacy. He served on the boards of directors of the arts and education organizations BRIC Arts/Media/Bklyn and Best of Brooklyn and served as both Treasurer and Chair of the Board for Brooklyn’s primary LGBTQ advocacy and service organization the Brooklyn Community Pride Center.

Michael grew up in Wisconsin but has lived in the New York area for over 30 years. He earned his Bachelors in Political Science from Columbia College and a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Later in life, Michael became a trained archaeologist and has worked on a variety of digs in Israel and Greece.

Michael and his husband Evan live in Jersey City, NJ.

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