Sylvia Mathews Burwell

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Sylvia Mathews Burwell
Sylvia Mathews Burwell at April 2013 Senate nomination hearing.jpg
Director of the Office of Management and Budget
Elections and appointments
AppointedApril 24, 2013
Appointed byBarack Obama
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sHarvard University, Oxford University
Date of birthJune 1965
Place of birthHinton, West Virginia
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Sylvia Mathews Burwell (b. June 1965, in Hinton, West Virginia) is the current Director of the Office of Management and Budget. She was confirmed by the Senate on April 24, 2013, by a vote of 96-0.[1] The position was vacant for over a year after Jack Lew left the position in January 2012.[2]

She previously served during both the Obama and Clinton administrations in the Treasury Department, Office of Management and Budget and on President Clinton's staff.[2]


Mathews Burwell was born in Hinton, West Virginia. She attended Harvard University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University before beginning her political career.


Below is an abbreviated outline of Mathews Burwell's academic, professional and political career:[2][3]

  • 1988-1990: Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University
  • 1990-1992: Associate at McKinsey & Company
  • 1992: Member of the Clinton presidential campaign
  • 1993-1995: Staff Director of the National Economic Council
  • 1995-1997: Chief of Staff for Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin
  • 1997-1998: Deputy Chief of Staff in the White House
  • 1998-2001: Deputy Director of the OMB under Jack Lew
  • 2001-2012: COO then President of the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • 2012-2013: President of the Walmart Foundation
  • 2013-Present: Director of the Office of Management and Budget

Confirmation vote

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Preceded by
Jack Lew
Director of the OMB
Succeeded by