PEERD Experts

Jamie Burns

Jamie Burns is a Director in McAllister & Quinn’s Research Universities Practice. In this role, she provides strategic intelligence (SI) support to the firm’s university clients. In addition, she works to provide clients with analyses of federal sponsors and programs as well as insights about the landscape of university competitors and collaborators. Prior to joining McAllister & Quinn, Jamie worked as a Senior Strategic Intelligence Analyst at Arizona State University (ASU). In this role, she increased the diversity and sophistication of SI work at ASU. Jamie is skilled at assessing institutional performance and capacity, defining and analyzing the competitive landscape in key areas of national interest, and growing research dollars by increasing the competitiveness of proposals to federal sponsors. Jamie earned an M.P.A from Columbia University and a B.A. from the University of Arizona. Jamie is certified by the Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP) Organization as a Certified Analytics Professional (CAP). She is a member of the National Organization for Research Development Professionals (NORDP) and serves on NORDP’s Program for External Evaluation of RD (PEERD).

NORDP Involvement

Jamie has been involved in RD for 5 years and has served as a past presenter at several NORDP conferences, is involved in NORDP’s mentoring program, and through NORDP became a member of the NSF-funded CREDITS Community of Practice.


Jamie has a Master’s in Public Administration, International Security Policy Specialization and Applied Science Specialization, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with concentrations in International Relations and Law & Public Policy. She is a Certified Analytics Professional via the Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professional (SCIP) organization and has a Six-Sigma green belt certification.