Ursula M. Burns serves on the Ford Foundation Board of Trustees. She is a member of the Gender Equity Advisory Council of the G7 (GEAC), a founding partner of Integrum Holdings, a founding member of the Board Diversity Action Alliance, a former chairman and CEO of Veon, and a former CEO of Xerox.
She began her career at Xerox in 1980 as a mechanical engineer intern, and through the years assumed many positions that led her to become the first Black woman to head a Fortune 500 company. She was CEO of Xerox from 2009 to 2016 and board chair from 2010 to 2017. In March 2010, President Barack Obama appointed her vice chair of the President’s Export Council.
Burns serves as vice chair of the Business Roundtable and sits on the boards of Exxon Mobil Corporation, Uber Technologies, the Mayo Clinic, Waystar Health, Plum Acquisition I, IHS Holdings, the Scratch Foundation, Cornell Tech, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and New York City Ballet. She is a board adviser to Ocean Outdoor, a senior adviser to Icertis, and an adviser to JUST Capital. She is a founding board director of Change the Equation, which focuses on improving the US education system in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and she previously served as board chair of the Technology CEO Council. She also provides leadership counsel to community, educational, and nonprofit organizations, including the National Academy Foundation and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Corporation.
Burns earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Polytechnic Institute of NYU and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University.