Elizabeth Burger

Elizabeth Burger, PhD, MBA, EMT, oversees the foundation’s program staff and work, providing oversight for proposal development and support for stakeholder engagement and program convenings.

Prior to becoming senior vice president of programs and strategy, she served the foundation as a program officer and eventually as vice president of Healthy Communities. In those roles, she led the foundation’s work in enhancing the built environment and its influences on health and wellness, to include Sunflower’s signature trails program and improving access to the outdoors, in addition to her work in food access, nutrition security and nonprofit capacity building.

She started her career as a TV news producer, then transitioned to health and wellness. She previously owned a personal training business, managed hospital-based wellness programs, worked in academia, and served as evaluation director of practice-based research for the American Academy of Family Physicians. 

Originally from Bartlesville, Okla., Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications/Journalism from the University of Tulsa. She later earned a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science in Health and Human Performance from Oklahoma State University, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Rockhurst University.

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