Meghan B. Burke, Section Head for the Public Finance Section of Mintz, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. and Chair of the firm’s Education Practice, has been named a 2015 recipient of the Freda Johnson Award presented by The Bond Buyer and Northeast Women in Public Finance (NEWPF). One of just two women selected for this honor, Ms. Burke and her co-recipient, Carol Kostik, will be recognized at The Bond Buyer’s 14th Annual Deal of the Year Awards on December 3, 2015 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.
The Freda Johnson Award was created in honor of NEWPF Founding Board Member Freda Johnson. The award recognizes women serving or who have served in a position for a public or non-profit issuer or in the private sector who exemplify the qualities that Freda brought to the industry as a trailblazer, leader, innovator, and mentor. Ms. Burke is being honored for her work in the private sector while Ms. Kostik, Deputy Comptroller for Public Finance at New York City Comptroller's Office, is being recognized for her work in the public sector.
“We congratulate Meghan on this tremendous honor,” said Richard H. Moche, Division Head for Mintz’s Public Finance, Real Estate, Bankruptcy, and Environmental Sections. “Throughout her career, Meghan has served as an exemplary role model for women in the legal and public finance industries. Her professional excellence and commitment to the advancement of women make her a deserving recipient of this prestigious award. It’s wonderful that the special qualities we see every day were also evident to the selection committee.”
Ms. Burke has extensive experience in public finance and public agency representation, serving as bond counsel and as counsel to underwriters, borrowers, trustees, and purchasers in connection with tax-exempt and taxable general obligation and revenue financings related to transportation, higher education, health care, economic development, project finance, water, and wastewater. She also has vast experience with interest rate swaps and other hedging transactions for governmental, 501(c)(3), and corporate clients. Ms. Burke has extensive experience in the representation of institutional investors in high-yield project financings in both new money transactions and workouts. She is a frequent panelist at industry conferences.
Ms. Burke is President of Boston Women in Public Finance, Inc., a Director of Inversant (formerly FUEL Education) and a Trustee of Tower School. She received her BA from Oberlin College and her JD from Northeastern University School of Law.