Michael Burton


President, Gateway for Cancer Research

A non-profit leader with over twenty-five years of experience in the philanthropic sector, Michael Burton learned and honed his leadership skills at some of the nation’s most highly regarded institutions, including Princeton University, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and the American Association for Cancer Research.

He has successfully led development programs in complex higher education settings and at organizations specializing in cancer research and clinical care. Burton excels in organizational change management and has significantly improved development programs facing deep-seated, multifaceted challenges. His management style is characterized by collegiality and inclusiveness, excellent talent development and mentoring skills, the use of rigorous analytics to develop and execute strategy, and metrics-driven assessment of operations and individual performance.

A talented fundraiser who has led or actively participated in the closing of multiple seven- and eight-figure gifts, he is guided in his professional life by the philosophy of servant leadership, the concept of continuous improvement, the power of analytics to improve performance, and the opportunity to help advance the missions of organizations that strive to improve the human condition.