April Burke, president and founder of Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, is a veteran Washington, D.C attorney providing government relations counsel to clients on public policy and legislation. Ms. Burke provides a hands-on approach to client management and plays an active role in the oversight of all clients’ government affairs strategies.
Ms. Burke’s prior experience includes positions both on Capitol Hill and in the not-for-profit sector. Her past work includes 30 years of experience in legislative and regulatory analysis in areas related to science and engineering research, technology transfer, health and health research policy, higher education, and intellectual property. Ms. Burke is an active leader in the science advocacy community and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for Women in Science. In 2015, Ms. Burke was selected from among her peers to receive the Career Excellence Award from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.
Prior to establishing Lewis-Burke, Ms. Burke was a vice president at Hill and Knowlton, a worldwide public affairs and public relations firm. She has served as project director and legislative counsel for the Association of American Universities, and she was an attorney with the law firm of Ballard, Spahr, Andrews and Ingersoll.
A graduate of George Washington University National Law Center, Ms. Burke was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 1978 and admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in 1979. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University in 1974, where she was Phi Beta Kappa.