Ambassador Susan F. Burk

Photo of Ambassador Susan F. Burk
Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation
Term of Appointment: 06/07/2009  to 11/02/2012

Susan F. Burk was sworn in as the Special Representative of the President, with the rank of Ambassador on June 8, 2009. She is responsible for working with other States to strengthen the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the international nonproliferation regime. Ambassador Burk plays a lead role in preparing for the NPT Review Conference, and through international diplomacy promoting the United States’ goal of renewing and reinvigorating the NPT and the global regime.

Ms. Burk served as the first Deputy Coordinator for Homeland Security in the State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism. She coordinated the Department’s handling of cross-cutting policy issues related to homeland security and counterterrorism. She established and chaired the State Department’s Homeland Security Coordinating Committee, and her office served as a point of contact for the Department of Homeland Security and other Federal agencies.

Prior to this assignment, Mrs. Burk served as Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Nonproliferation where she led the Bureau’s efforts to support the Proliferation Security Initiative, and served as chief U.S. negotiator for the Statement of Interdiction Principles. She joined the Bureau of Nonproliferation in June 2002 as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nonproliferation Controls. A career civil servant, Mrs. Burk joined the Department of State in April 1999 as the Director of the Office of Regional Affairs.

Ambassador Burk also served in the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA) as Chief of the International Nuclear Affairs Division. While in ACDA, she served as the Chief of the Non-Proliferation Treaty Extension Division leading U.S. preparations for the 1995 NPT Review and Extension Conference.

Mrs. Burk also served as a staff officer in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In the Theater Nuclear Forces Policy Division she supported U.S.-Soviet negotiations to reduce intermediate-range nuclear missiles. She served in the Multilateral Negotiations Division and developed defense policy recommendations on multilateral arms control undertakings at the Geneva-based Conference on Disarmament and the United Nations First Committee.

Mrs. Burk received her M.A. in Government from Georgetown University. She has a B.A. in political science from Trinity College in Washington, DC where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.