Bio: HHS secretary nominee Sylvia Mathews Burwell


June 6, 2014 12:15AM (UTC)

NAME: Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

AGE-BIRTHPLACE — 48; Hinton, W.Va.; second-generation Greek-American.

EXPERIENCE — Nominated secretary of Health and Human Services, April 11, 2014; director, Office of Management and Budget, April 2013-present; president, Walmart Foundation, 2012-13; positions of president of global development, chief operating officer and executive director during tenure at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2001-11; served as deputy director of the OMB, deputy chief of staff to the president, chief of staff to Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and staff director of the National Economic Council during the Clinton administration, 1993-2001; worked for McKinsey & Co., a management consulting firm.

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EDUCATION — Bachelor's degree from Harvard University, 1987; bachelor's degree, as Rhodes Scholar, from Oxford University.

FAMILY — Married attorney Stephen Burwell in 2007; two children.

QUOTE — "What was intended was trying to implement the law in a better way that's common sense." — Burwell at her Senate confirmation hearing in defending the administration's record of making unilateral changes to the Affordable Care Act, May 14, 2014.


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