Bridget Burns

Founding Executive Director, University Innovation Alliance (UIA)

Named one of the “Most Innovative People in Higher Education” by Washington Monthly, Bridget Burns, Advisory Board, is the founding executive director of the University Innovation Alliance (UIA).

The UIA is the ground-breaking national consortium of public research universities working together to test and scale innovations that close achievement gaps and improve outcomes for all students. 

Bridget is a former university system chief of staff, state higher education senior policy advisor, higher education governing board member, American Council on Education Fellow, and National Associate with the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. To date, Bridget has helped to hire, advise, represent, coordinate, and advocate on behalf of more than 30 college presidents and chancellors. 

Originally from rural Montana, Bridget first entered higher education by attending a community college with a Pell Grant. She went on to complete her Ed.D in Higher Education, Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University.