William J. Burke

Mr. Burke, Founder and Principal, brings 17 years of vast political and legislative experience to Rubicon Advisors. Prior to establishing Rubicon Advisors, Mr. Burke served as a principal at The Washington Group for seven years.

In his career, Mr. Burke has built a substantial healthcare practice consisting of specialty pharmaceutical companies, biotech manufacturers, and medical device manufacturers. Mr. Burke has expertise in the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense, in addition to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and Congressional leadership.

Previously, Mr. Burke served as Legislative Director for Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy during the 104th through the 106th Congresses. Mr. Burke was responsible for the management of all legislative activities before the Appropriations, Armed Services and Resources Committees. He also provided strategic political advice to Congressman Kennedy on all legislative matters. He coordinated the Congressman’s legislative agenda with Democratic leadership and represented Mr. Kennedy at legislative strategy meetings.

Mr. Burke also acted as Congressman Kennedy’s liaison to the business community, where he worked closely with the health care, high tech, financial services, defense and Rhode Island business community. This position gave him an opportunity to work extensively on numerous pieces of legislation, such as the Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act, Patients’ Bill of Rights, Medical Device User Fee Modernization Act, Financial Services Modernization Act, Bankruptcy Reform, Telecommunications Act of 1996, and Defense Authorization. Mr. Burke served as a liaison between Congressman Kennedy, the co-chair of the Native American Caucus, and the Native American community to reauthorize the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. Mr. Burke worked closely with the high tech community in an effort to pass the Safe Act in the Armed Services Committee. In this capacity, he organized trade missions for the Rhode Island business community to Ireland, Portugal, and Italy.

In 1993, Mr. Burke joined the staff of then-Congressional Candidate Patrick J. Kennedy and served as campaign field coordinator, building a statewide grass roots campaign and fund raising operation.

Prior to his political career, Mr. Burke worked for Akzo Nobel and its subsidiary, Organon. He also worked for Agfa GmbH and its subsidiary Agmet.

Mr. Burke received a B.S. degree in Political Science and History from the University of Rhode Island. He also completed the Government Affairs Institute, Georgetown University Advanced Appropriations Process Course.


Kathy M. Kulkarni

Kathy M. Kulkarni currently serves as Principal at Rubicon Advisors. Ms. Kulkarni served on Capitol Hill and in the Executive Branch and has extensive legislative and advocacy experience, with specific expertise in domestic and global health care policy.

Ms. Kulkarni spent six years on Capitol Hill most recently serving as Legislative Director and health care policy aide to U.S. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. of New Jersey. She advised Congressman Pallone on all Energy and Commerce Committee health care legislation, and she coordinated and led the Democratic Health Care Task Force. Ms. Kulkarni worked extensively on health policy proposals including the Medicare Modernization Act, Medicaid reform, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Patients’ Bill of Rights and policies to cover the uninsured and eliminate minority health disparities.

Ms. Kulkarni also directed activity for the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans, as well as the Congressional Caucus on Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan Americans. Particular emphasis included foreign policy, civil rights, hate crimes, immigration and visa policy, and improving political participation amongst South Asian Americans.

Ms. Kulkarni served in the Executive Branch as a health policy analyst at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, formerly known as the Health Care Financing Administration. She covered Medicare reimbursement policy and regulations in the Office of Legislation.

After leaving public service, Ms. Kulkarni served as Senior Public Policy Officer at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, working to improve access to pediatric AIDS medications through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. She also served as Vice President at The Washington Group, where she provided legislative and strategic guidance to specialty pharmaceutical and biotech companies.

In addition, Ms. Kulkarni is involved in a variety of community activities. She has served as President of the Board of Directors of the Indian American Leadership Initiative (IALI), an organization working towards increasing civic and political participation by Indian Americans across the nation. She also served as President of the Board of Directors of MetroTeen AIDS, a community health organization dedicated to supporting young people in the District of Columbia fight against HIV/AIDS.

Ms. Kulkarni received her bachelor’s degree from Brown University and her master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.