Dennis K. Burke is a Co-Founder of GSIS. He has over 20 years of public service at both the Federal and State levels. In 2009, he was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate as the United States Attorney for the District of Arizona where he oversaw all federal prosecutions in Arizona for one of the largest United States Attorney offices in the country.
Prior to that Mr. Burke was a Senior Advisor to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano after serving on the Obama/Biden Transition team focusing on homeland security administration and policy. Mr. Burke was Chief of Staff to Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano from 2003 to 2008 after serving as the Chief Deputy in the Arizona Attorney General’s Office managing the largest law firm in Arizona. He is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Arizona prosecuting drug trafficking cases, was the Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs at the United States Department of Justice, and a Senior Policy Analyst for the White House Domestic Policy Council during the Clinton Administration where he focused on crime, law enforcement and drug policy. As a Majority Counsel on the United States Senate Judiciary Committee he covered intellectual property, crime and law enforcement, and judicial nominations.
Mr. Burke has a B.A. from Georgetown University and received his law degree from University of Arizona graduating Summa Cum Laude and serving as Executive Editor of the Arizona Law Review. After law school, Mr. Burke clerked for the Honorable James Moeller on the Arizona Supreme Court. As an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University Burke taught courses in Federal Legislative Process and recently served as the Executive Director of the Diane Halle Center for Family Justice.
Mr. Burke has received numerous awards and commendations for his years in public service, including the Public Advocate Award from Chicanos Por La Causa in Phoenix, Arizona and the Minuteman Award from the Arizona National Guard.