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Amy Lestition Burke, MA, CAE

Amy Lestition Burke, MA, CAE

Mail: amy.burke@mci-group.com

Phone: +1 703-506-3260

With 15 years of nonprofit management expertise, Amy Lestition Burke joined MCI USA (formerly Coulter) in 2006, and was named a Vice President in 2015, focusing her work on association management and consulting for MCI’s clients. Burke serves as the go–to expert for membership strategies around both retention and recruitment, and she has also provided consulting services ranging from strategic communications and marketing to organizational development and change. Burke currently serves as the executive director of the Special Libraries Association (SLA), creating and implementing new educational and community initiatives as well as new benefits for SLA members. 

Through her work with MCI USA’s consulting clients, Burke has also provided insights to various non-profit organizations, including American Medical Student Association, Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society, American School Health Association, the ESOP Association, International Association for Continuing Education and Training, Women’s Network in Electronic Transactions, the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund, National Child Support Enforcement Association, and Alliance for Community Media.

Previously, Burke served as the chief operating officer for the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA) and Psychiatric Rehabilitation Foundation (PRF), where she implemented aggressive stakeholder engagement strategies for both professional and trade association members. She also served as the executive vice president for the Photo Marketing Association International (PMA), managing enterprise-wide operations across four international offices, and managed a CDC Grant awarded to the Interstitial Cystitis Association (ICA). From 2006-2012, she served as executive director of Association Media & Publishing (formerly the Society of National Association Publications), where Burke led several critical initiatives, including name change and rebranding, membership re-structure, editorial strategy, and program content and management.

As a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Burke volunteers in numerous capacities, including as the 2011-2012 Chair of the Membership Section Council, judge for the Gold Circle awards program, writer for Membership Developments e-newsletter and Associations Now magazine, and content leader at several conferences. In addition, she has presented at digitalNow, Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE), PRSA Mid-Atlantic, Association Foundation Group, National Association of Realtors Association Executive Institute, and Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and has served as a judge for various industry award programs. Burke was awarded the Association Trends" 2010 Young and Aspiring Association Professional", the Angerosa Foundation Trendsetter Award of Merit in 2012 and the inaugural 2013 Forty Under 40® Award presented by USAE and Association Forum of Chicagoland and selected to participate in ASAE’s 2014 NextGen Summit. Since 2011, she has served as an associate professor at Northern Virginia Community College, teaching "Introduction to Non-Profit Management".

Burke joined MCI USA from the American Society of Association Executives, where she served as the charter chief manager of The Circle Club, the professional development, events, and knowledge resource for ASAE and its members. During her tenure at ASAE, Burke was responsible for the overall development and launch of this cornerstone program. In three years under her leadership, the program grew five-fold in total number of members and overall program revenue.

Prior to managing The Circle Club, Burke served as the manager of membership and customer relations for The Greater Washington Society of Association Executives (GWSAE). Burke also worked for the United Nations Development Programme, where she conducted developmental research and served legal experts in a general practice law firm for 4 years.

Burke is an honors graduate of The George Washington University (GW) in Washington, D.C., where she earned her graduate degree in international affairs with a concentration in technology at the Elliott School of International Affairs. She is a recipient of GW's Presidential Academic Scholarship and its Leadership Scholarship.

Burke, her husband Rusty and son reside in Centreville, Virginia.

Amy’s areas of expertise:

  • Thought leadership around membership recruitment and retention
  • Global operations implementation and management
  • Publications strategy, development and production
  • Expanding audiences for events and program marketing
  • Integrated branding and communications strategy
  • Grant management
  • Strategic Planning

Now, here's the backstory on Amy…

Hometown: Williamsville (north of Buffalo), New York.

First car: Green Plymouth Breeze.

Superhero power I wish I had: Time manipulation: Ability to affect the flow of time by slowing, accelerating, reversing, or stopping it.

Television show or movie most resembles my current life: Love Actually, because Billy Mack is the soundtrack to my life.

Three publications I’d recommend for anyone who does what I do: Harvard Business Review; Fast Company; Wired; Wine Enthusiast.

If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would go…: Russia.

How my life has changed since I joined MCI USA: I have extensively expanded my abilities and knowledge of the association and non-profit management profession, made some truly great friends, and have developed a vast familiarity of television and movies, which was demonstrated through my reign as Oscar Pool Queen for the past two years.  

At the end of the day…: Carpe Diem

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