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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. In her current role she was recently re-awarded a grant by the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment for $3 Million for a project she co-founded, entitled the North Carolina Defense Industry Diversification Initiative (NC DIDI). She works with some of North Carolina’s most vulnerable companies to support the diversification of their contract and product portfolio by investing funding in them to increase their work in the commercial sector.

She hails from Tar Heel, North Carolina and received her undergraduate degree in communications from The University of North Carolina. She holds a master’s degree in public affairs from North Carolina Central University. She is currently working on her master’s in CyberSecurity at Brown University. She is also a graduate of Leadership NC.

She was previously the director of public affairs for USDA NC office and an outreach and consumer officer in the Office of the Attorney General for the North Carolina Department of Justice. Her dynamic and engaging speaking abilities make her a highly sought-after speaker. She has made almost 900 keynote, presenter and consultative appearances focusing on cyber security, identity theft, financial literacy and child internet safety.

She has staffed various boards: the Governor’s Street Safe Task Force, the NC Domestic Violence Council, the Senior Fraud Task Force,  the North Carolina Financial Literacy Task Force,  USDA Strikeforce Board and the Rural Economic Development Loan Enterprise Board.

She is a 2013 Albert Schweitzer Public Health Fellow. She was awarded 2016 Triangle Business Journal Public Policy Women in Business, 2016 Radio One Young Executive of the Year and the 2017 Triangle Business Journal 40 under 40 Award.

Award citation will be posted after the awards gala.