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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Who Is The New HHS Secretary, Sylvia Mathews Burwell?
DiscoverTheNetworks has; Sylvia Mathews Burwell Sylvia Mathews Burwell was born to Greek-American parents in June 1965 in Hinton, West Virginia, where she was raised. Whileearninga bachelor's degree in government fromHarvard Universityduring the 1980s, sheinternedfor Rep. Nick Rahall, a West VirginiaDemocrat. Burwell subsequentlyworkedfor the 1988 presidential campaign of Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, and earned asecondbachelor's degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. From 1990-92 Burwell was anassociateat McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. She worked forBill Clinton's presidential campaign in1992, and was namedmanagerof his White House transition team after the election that November. From 1993-95Burwell served asstaff directorfor Robert Rubin, Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. In 1993 shehelpedRubin get the newly createdNational Economic Councilup and running. And when Rubin was appointed U.S. Treasury Secretary in 1995, Burwell became hischief of staffand held that post for two years. In 1995 Burwell was called totestifybefore a Senate committee inestigating whether First LadyHillary Clintonmay have instructed White House officials to remove potentially incriminating documents from the office of her close friend and former law partner Vince Foster, shortly after the latter had been found dead—apparently of suicide—in a Virginia park on July 20, 1993. At issue was the fact that Foster, in the months prior to his death, had handled many sensitive political and personal affairs for the Clintons—including the couple's controversialWhitewaterland venture, for which 15 Clinton associates were ultimatelyconvictedof more than 40 separate crimes. In her testimony, Mathewsrecalledthat: (a) Secret Service personnel did in fact give her a special bag of garbage (from Foster's office) containing classified and sensitive papers; (b) she then asked White House counsel Bernard Nussbaum for his advice on what to do with the documents; and (c) Nussbaum instructed her to return the bag, unexamined, to the Secret Service so that its contents could be destroyed. In 1997-98 Burwellservedas one of President Clinton's twodeputychiefs of staff, the other being futureCenter for American ProgressfounderJohn Podesta. Burwell and Podesta both worked under chief of staff Erskine Bowles. From 1998-2001, Burwellwasdeputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, under director Jack Lew. During that time period, then-Washington Postreporter John Harris described Burwell as “aliberalwho favors spending on social programs for the disadvantaged.” During her eight years with the Clinton administration, Burwell developed a deep affinity for the President. As she later told theSeattle Times: “I made a decision that I believed, and do to this day, that while President Clinton made a mistake [vis à vis the Monica Lewinsky sexual scandal], that the contributions he made to this country and the important changes are so profound that I would continue to serve, and serve with my head held high.” After President Clinton left office, BurwelljoinedtheBill and Melinda Gates Foundationwhere she served as executive vice president from 2001-02, chief operating officer from 2002-06, and president of the foundation's Global Development Program from 2006-11. In January 2012 Burwell wasnamedpresidentof the Walmart Foundation, a postition she held until April 2013 when she becamedirectorof the Office of Management and Budget under PresidentBarack Obama. On April 11, 2014, Obama nominated Burwell to succeed the recently resignedKathleen Sebeliusas U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. In addition to her aforementioned governmental and philanthropic pursuits, Burwell over the yearshasalsobeena Board of Directors member of the Council on Foreign Relations; a Board member of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa; an Advisory Board member with the Next Generation Initiative and the Peter G. Peterson Foundation; a Professional Advisory Board member of the ALS Evergreen Chapter; a member of the Aspen Strategy Group, the Trilateral Commission, and the Nike Foundation Advisory Group; and adirectorof both MetLife Inc. and the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (fromearly2004 through early 2013). Thank You Discover The Networks. And Thank You Front Page Mag and Mr Horowitz.