Lecturer in the Practice of Management
Maureen Burke has over 25 years' experience in entrepreneurship and finance. She began her career at Merrill Lynch and Cantor Fitzgerald as an underwriter and trader in Municipal Bond Finance. She left Wall Street to pursue an MBA in finance from the Yale School of Management. Since graduating from SOM, her focus has been advising entrepreneurs and technology-based start-up companies. She has consulted to and written business plans for a variety of entrepreneurs in emerging technology companies covering industries such as biotechnology, environmental technologies, and medical devices. Past clients include Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation, the Cleantech Venture Network, Conti Enterprises Inc, and Keren Pharmaceuticals.
Maureen is also a lecturer at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. There she teaches Entrepreneurial Business Planning, as well as a project-based consulting clinic in which students work with companies on a variety of issues at the intersection of business and the environment. She also teaches a course on basic accounting and financial concepts.
She was an advisor for Sachem Ventures, a venture capital fund run by students at Yale SOM until 2003. Currently, she is on the board of the Yale Entrepreneurship Society and remains a long-time advisor to YES’ Venture Challenge competition. She offers training workshops to prepare students for the YES Competition, as well as the Sabin Prize at Yale FES and the Thorne Prize at the Yale School of Public Health.