Candance A. Burns

candace-burns125Candace A. Burns

Director for Workforce Development —  Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI)

In 2007, Candace A. Burns was appointed the first Director for Workforce Development at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) in Boston Massachusetts.  In this role, Ms. Burns oversees the development and implementation of a comprehensive workforce development initiative, designed to assist the current and future workforce to achieve academic and career success by increasing access and reducing barriers to college, career readiness, and skill development opportunities.      

Ms. Burns has been a leader in creating and developing long-term sustainable partnerships with local, state, and national organizations who share the same commitment to delivering career development services to underserved and underrepresented youth and adults interested in science and health care careers.  She believes that by creating opportunities for the unemployed, underemployed, and youth to learn, earn, and build meaningful relationships with professionals throughout the healthcare industry, we can take a more strategic approach to building the pipeline with more diverse, informed, academically prepared and skilled candidates.

Prior to working at Dana-Farber, Ms. Burns has held similar roles at Massachusetts General Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Ms. Burns is born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts.  She holds a BS in Marketing and Communications from Babson College and a M.S. in Management from Lesley University.  She serves on several boards and committees including Youth Enrichment Services, Fenway High School and the Boston Healthcare Careers Consortium.