Award Profile: Nimasheena N. Burns ’06

Nimasheena N. Burns ’06

2019 Beech Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Nimasheena currently resides in Durham and serves as the director of communications and project management for the North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

She hails from Tar Heel, North Carolina and received her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Communications from the University of North Carolina and has a Master’s in Public Affairs with an emphasis in Intergovernmental Relations and Economic Development from North Carolina Central University.  She also holds Graduate Certification in Financial Social Work. She is also a graduate of Leadership NC in the Class of 22 and was made Government Relations Chair for Class 23.

She has made almost 900 keynote, presenter and consultative appearances focusing on Cyber Security, ID Theft, Risk Awareness, Child Internet Safety, Cyberbullying, Crystal Meth in the Community, Identity Theft and Frauds and Scams. While there she also drafted legislative reports that include but are not limited to the North Carolina Domestic Violence Homicide Report. She also staffed various committees for her department such as the Governor’s Street Safe Taskforce, the Senior Fraud Taskforce, The Domestic Violence Commission and the North Carolina Financial Literacy Taskforce.

She is a 2013 Albert Schweitzer Public Health Fellow and has received the following awards: 2016 Triangle Business Journal Public Policy Women in Business, 2016 Radio One and Wells Fargo/Blue Cross and Blue Shield Young Executive of the Year, 2016 Spectacular Magazine Emerging Leader Women of the Year and the 2017 Triangle Business Journal 40 under 40 Award.

Award citation will be posted after the awards gala.