Ms. Burton is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) in the Scientific Information Technology Branch, a position she has held since June 2012. As CIO, she provides strategic advice about information technology (IT) to the senior leadership of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). She plays a key role in establishing IT investment priorities for NIAMS and effectively managing a multimillion-dollar budget. She oversees a team of 15 federal employees and 25 contractors. She also collaborates with other technology experts at the NIH and across the federal government to ensure timely, relevant, and innovative solutions to IT challenges.
Between 1999 – 2010, Ms. Burton worked in several roles in the NIH’s Office of the Director. Most recently, she was the IT service manager at the Office of Research Services and the Office of Research Facilities. In that role, she was responsible for the IT service desk supporting over 2,500 end-users and 80 systems applications.
In addition to her extensive experience at the NIH, Ms. Burton worked at the National Weather Service’s Telecommunications Operations Center. She served as a Branch Chief for IT business coordination, acquisitions, and project management. Her duties included the transfer of large data sets between multiple federal agencies and several countries within the World Meteorological Organization.
In 2009, Ms. Burton retired from the U.S. Army Reserve as a Chief Warrant Officer 3 after serving 23 years, which included two tours of duty in the Middle East for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.