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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Jesse Burne

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Social Work
MSW, Columbia University


  • youth development program models in urban settings
  • preparing low-income students for successful post-secondary options
  • nonprofit management and scalability
  • leadership and coaching


Assistant Professor of the Practice of Social Work Jesse Burne is the Executive Director at the University of Denver’s Bridge Project. The Bridge Project seeks to provide educational opportunities for children living in Denver’s public housing neighborhoods so they graduate from high school and attend college or learn a trade.

Burne has managed various youth programs serving students throughout New York City, Southern California, Denver and Boulder, Colorado. He led youth programming for organizations such as the American Red Cross and Mental Health Partners (formerly Mental Health Center of Boulder County).

Previously Burne was the Executive Director for Minds Matter of NYC, which helps low-income students prepare for and be successful in college. He has a background in nonprofit management, fund development and organizational strategic planning. He specializes in implementing youth program models comprised of educational, mental health, youth development and college access components.

Burne is a Management Fellow from the Columbia University School of Social Work.