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Sylvia Mathews Burwell is the 15th president of American University in Washington, D.C., and the first woman to serve in that role. She previously served as the secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. She has served on the GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation board and the Florida Blue board since 2018.

Prior to her service in Washington, Sylvia was the president of the Walmart Foundation, where she focused on its global women empowerment efforts. Before joining the Walmart Foundation, she was president of the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she worked for 11 years and was also the first chief operating officer.

Sylvia is on the board of the Council on Foreign Relations, American Council of Education, Patriot League, Consortium of Washington DC Universities, and the Kimberly-Clark Corporation. She is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group, the Aspen Health Strategy Group, the Aspen Economic Strategy Group, and she is a 2005 Henry Crown Fellow

“I am very pleased to serve on the GuideWell board of directors. The company’s focus on developing and implementing new ideas to transform health care and health insurance is a factor that drew me to the organization. I greatly value the opportunity to contribute to GuideWell’s efforts to improve the health of the communities it serves.”

-Sylvia M. Burwell, Board Member, GuideWell
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