Melanie Burns is the Senior Administrative Director for the Consortium. She is responsible for fiscal management, strategic planning, and the coordination of grants. Prior to joining the Consortium, she served as Managing Director of the Chemical Theory Center, the Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center, and the Nanoporous Materials Genome Center, all in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota. Previous to that, she worked in research positions for MN State Colleges and Universities, Capella University, and the Humphrey School’s Center for the Study of Politics and Governance. She has a PhD in Political Science from the U of MN.