Burke Murphy is a specialist on competitiveness and industry clusters, aligning education, workforce, and economic development with an emphasis on relevant and equitable talent development strategies. She brings a global perspective and extensive experience empowering teams and regional stakeholders to work across public institutions, higher education, industry, and workforce development building collaborations and sector partnerships. Burke works with higher education institutions on regional competitiveness with place-based strategies, rural and urban, in the U.S., Mexico, Central, and South America. She is dedicated to making regions more innovation driven in collaborative efforts that are inclusive, innovative, and transformative and will contribute to regional competitiveness.
Burke has taught PA 5590, Economic Competitiveness: Firms, Clusters and Economic Development since 2006. She holds a bachelor of arts from Smith College in Anthropology and Spanish and a master of public affairs from the Humphrey School in Sustainable Community and Economic Development. Burke is a senior policy fellow at the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, a nonprofit in Ann Arbor, Mich. and lives in Red Wing, Minn.