Hailed by Fortune Magazine as "the most powerful woman in the labor movement" Anna Burger retired in 2010 as both a top ranking officer at SEIU and the first chair of the labor federation, Change to Win. She brought together seven unions representing six million workers to develop a common agenda for working families, successfully negotiated with the White House on health care reform issues and negotiated the first bilateral agreement with the All-China Federation of Trade Unions.
A longtime strategist, Burger led SEIU’s grassroots election work through 2008, which helped elect President Barack Obama and worked across the movement in building a sustainable progressive infrastructure.
An outspoken voice on the critical role unions can play to restore economic fairness in America, she served on President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board from March 2009 – March 2011).
As a Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow Burger focused her work on new models of civic engagement launching the Gettysburg Project on Civic Engagement which she co-chaired with Harvard University’s Kennedy School Academic Dean, Archon Fung.
In 2017 Burger launched the Cornell University ILR School New Conversation’s Projects bringing together multi-stakeholders in the global supply chain around sustainable business models that focus on improving labor standards through the supply chain. She now serves as the Board Chair.
Bringing her expertise on labor, civic engagement, political action and global issues Burger recently joined FairVote as a consultant focusing on outreach regarding RCV and the FRA.
In addition, she serves on the Social Labor Convergence Program Executive Council, Brave New Films Board, and as NARAL Pro-Choice America's Board Chair.