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Inspiring West Virginians Season 1
Thu May 1, 2014
Sylvia Mathews Burwell
Meet Hinton-native Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the new Director of the Office of Management and Budget in Washington.
Burwell is the past President of Global Development at the Bill & Linda Gates Foundation in Seattle, the world's largest charitable organization. At the Foundation Mathews Burwell was responsible for giving away $750 billion a year to help some of the world's poorest people have access to better agricultural techniques, financial services and clean water and sanitation.
Today she is responsible for our nation's budget at a crucial time in history. "It is an incredible thing to be from our state", Burwell says. "I am so proud of being from a place where I think so many important values of hard work, respect, sense of community are instilled."