Dr. Burriss is known for her ingenuity, integrity, and innovative leadership in higher education and economic development. The White House, National Governors Association, and the Pew Charitable Trusts have recognized her work. She was named to the list of the 100 most influential leaders in Georgia and Atlanta for five consecutive years.

She is a connector who catalyzes strategic collaborations among business, government, academic, and philanthropic leaders and their sectors. She combines her expertise in academic, health, and economic eco-systems with the remarkable analytics of Tripp Umbach. She helps clients create personalized economic designs and smart blueprints to guide them to build capacity and communities through jobs, wealth creation, and quality of life factors.

Her background provides a rich mix of multidisciplinary experiences and education. She served as CEO of the science and technology campus of the largest research university in Virginia and as a Georgia Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff for policy, legislative affairs, and executive appointments. She led economic development for the University System of Georgia and pioneered the electric transportation program for the nation’s largest investor owned utility. An entrepreneur, she has founded four non-profit enterprises.

Dr. Burriss earned her Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of City Planning from Georgia Tech. In addition, she earned fine arts degrees from Stephens and Sullins Colleges.