Julie Burns, Executive Director
Julie Burns came to RIZE in August 2017 from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts where she was a senior director with responsibility for communication strategy, strategic planning, and administration. Prior to joining BCBSMA in September 2010, Ms. Burns worked for Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino in various roles, including deputy chief of staff, director of the Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events, president of the Fund for Boston Neighborhoods, and executive director of Boston 2004, Inc., the not-for-profit, non-partisan corporation created to organize Boston’s preparations for the Democratic National Convention. Her other professional experience includes positions in government affairs practice at the law firm of Holland & Knight, the Dewey Square Group, a grassroots and communications consulting firm, and the United States Senate in the office of Senator Charles S. Robb (D-VA).
She was a member of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Office of Recovery Services Substance Use Prevention advisory board and has served her community on several nonprofit boards and commissions. Ms. Burns currently serves on the steering committee of the John F. Kennedy Library New Frontier Network and the board of advisors of Boston Harbor Now.
She received her bachelor of arts in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, has a graduate certificate in public relations from Emerson College, and has completed senior executive programs at Babson University, Bentley University, and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Mark Walsh, Director of External Affairs & Philanthropy
Mark Walsh leads development in his new role. RIZE plans to raise $50 million over the next several years and invest in proven and innovative opioid treatment, prevention, and educational programs. In addition to development, Mr. Walsh will manage outreach efforts, including donor and corporate relations. He brings extensive government and nonprofit experience to the organization. He served as Deputy Chief of Protocol of the United States from 2011 to 2017, overseeing visits of international dignitaries for the President, Vice President, and Secretary of State and engaging in several Department of State public/private fundraising initiatives. Prior to that, Mr. Walsh worked as the Vice President of Development for AIDS Action, as National Director of LGBT Outreach for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Presidential Campaign, and co-founded Rafanelli Events. Mr. Walsh received his JD from Boston University and practiced law for several years before working in the public sector.
Anne Marie Boursiquot King, Senior Program Officer
As Senior Program Officer, Anne Marie Boursiquot King oversees the RIZE portfolio of grants and programs, managing overall grant operations, and will provide direction to the board of directors and advisors on program strategy, evaluation, and governance. She comes to RIZE from her own consulting practice focused on improving nonprofit capacity and foundation and funder impact. Prior to that, Ms. Boursiquot King was Managing Director of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation where she helped launch the organization in 2008, led several statewide initiatives, funded collaborations, and granted nearly $20 million to more than 350 organizations during her tenure. Ms. Boursiquot King holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Bentley College Graduate School of Business.