Credit: Aaron Levin
The American Psychiatric Foundation (APF) has announced the appointment of
Paul Burke as the foundation's new executive director. Burke brings many years
of distinguished experience in the nonprofit sector to APF. Most recently, he
served as the president and CEO of CureSearch National Childhood Cancer
Foundation, and previous to that he was the national director of marketing and
communications for the disability organization United Cerebral Palsy.
Under Burke's leadership, CureSearch completely rebranded itself and
created a National Advertising Council campaign to increase public awareness
of childhood cancer. Largely as a result of Burke's leadership, CureSearch
received the leading international honor for Web sites, the Webby Award of the
International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. He was also the architect
and leader of a legislative advocacy network responsible for gaining more than
$8 million in supplemental funding for childhood cancer research through
During his time with CureSearch, Burke and his team significantly increased
private funding for CureSearch through the development of relationships with
Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, the Merrill Lynch Shootout,
and Hyundai. In 2006 Burke received the prestigious Golden Halo Award from the
Cause Marketing Forum.
Burke has an impressive record in business and government. He was director
of Texaco's legislative affairs in alternate energy and served as the first
chair of the Renewable Fuels Association.
His public service includes tenure as an assistant administrator in the
U.S. Department of Energy, a staff position in the White House Special Action
Office for Drug Abuse Prevention, and decorated service in Vietnam as an
officer in the U.S. Army. He earned a master's degree in government from
George Washington University.
Burke is a member of the National Board of Directors of America's
Charities. He is also an adjunct professor of marketing and communications at
George Mason University.
"We are fortunate to have someone who has a demonstrated ability to
lead and build relationships joining the foundation as we plan for the next
steps in our development," said Altha Stewart, M.D., APF president."
Burke possesses a clear understanding of the current issues facing the
foundation. He also shares the vision of the board and staff to increase
awareness and support of the foundation among APA members and other individual
donor groups in order to expand our ability to fund public education and
outreach grant programs."
"It is an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to serve as
executive director for the American Psychiatric Foundation," stated
Burke. "I look forward to working with the APA leadership and staff to
expand and enhance the foundation's important mission." ▪