Natalie S. Burke

President & CEO

A nationally-known speaker, “equity evangelist,” strategist, master facilitator, and public health leader, Natalie provides executive leadership for CommonHealth ACTION whose mission is to develop people and organizations to produce health through equitable policies, programs, and practices.

Since the mid-90s, Natalie has held leadership positions focused on creating opportunities for health through community, institutional, systemic, and policy change. Her public health and health care experience include technical assistance and capacity building for hundreds of community-based organizations and collaboratives; universities and medical schools; national and international corporate entities; and philanthropy—as well as federal, state, and local governments. Prior to co-founding CommonHealth ACTION in 2004, Natalie was in executive leadership at the National Association of County and City Health Officials in Washington, DC, where she managed the National Turning Point Initiative.

A graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in Government and Politics, Natalie conducted federal health policy analyses at the National Health Policy Forum and was on staff at the National Institutes of Health. She has been selected for numerous national fellowships including the Emerging Leaders in Public Health Fellowship (Jointly hosted by the
University of North Carolina’s Schools of Business and Public Health) and New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service Lead the Way Fellowship for visionary and entrepreneurial leaders in the nonprofit sector. In addition, she co-authored a chapter featuring the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies’ PLACE MATTERS Initiative in the second edition of Tackling Health Inequities through Public Health Practice (2010).

Since 2016, Natalie has served as co-Director of the Culture of Health Leaders National Program Center, funded by the Robert Wood JohnsonFoundation; she directs the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Equitable Leadership in Baltimore; and she is a member of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Equity Advisory Group.

Committed to the health and well-being of all people, Natalie views health as the product of complex interactions amongst systems and factors such as education, employment, environmental conditions, access to technology, housing, transportation, and health care. For the past decade through curriculum development, education, and publications, she has focused on the roles that systemic privilege and oppression play in the production of the public’s health, particularly health inequities—this includes serving as the primary architect for CommonHealth ACTION’s nationally-recognized Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Training Institute.

“As an advisor to corporate leaders, communities aspiring to change, and everyone in between—I guide people and organizations to common language, plans, and solutions necessary to make the world a healthy and equitable place. As a strategist, I focus on strengthening the connective tissue that forms relationships and organizations. As a facilitator, I cultivate spaces of constructive discomfort where people exchange ideas that create change. As a writer, I use what I know to say what needs to be said and as a leader, I know that world-changing is serious business but then again, what better way is there for me to spend my time?”

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