Mark Burnham is the President of The Burnham Group, a federal relations consulting firm. He has more than 20 years of experience advocating for universities, large research facilities, and associations in Washington. This experience has included work both as an outside consultant and as a senior administrator within several major research universities, including serving as Vice President of Governmental Affairs at Michigan State and Director of Federal Relations for Research at the University of Michigan’s Washington office. Mark’s work has spanned all of the major funding and regulatory federal agencies, including the Department of Education, the Department of Energy, NSF, NASA, NIH, DARPA, NOAA, NIST, NEA, NEH, DOD and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This work has included several reauthorizations of the Higher Education Act, the Farm Bill and annual appropriations bills. Mark has a deep understanding of how universities operate, as well as an extensive history of working on Capitol Hill and with federal agencies
Mark has also been instrumental in securing funding for numerous research projects, including several Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs). Successes have included securing a bioenergy research facility, establishing the second urban agricultural research center, and a $730 million nuclear physics research facility.
Over the course of his 20-year career, Mark has amassed a deep understanding not only of how Congress and the Administration work, but also how universities, research associations, and businesses operate. Working across NSF, the Dept of Energy, NASA, the Department of Defense (6.1, 6.2 and DARPA) and the National Institutes of Health, Mark has partnered with faculty to develop new relationships within the agencies, achieve support for the major research agencies from Congress and work within the various national associations to support community-wide efforts, including the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
Mark holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, and a J.D. from Boston College.
While there are many advocates to choose from in Washington, clients value the depth of knowledge and experience across such a wide number of agencies and institutions that Mark brings to the table.
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