After serving in the
After graduating from both Harvard and Oxford, she worked on the
She made the Wall Street Journal's 2005 list of "Fifty Women to Watch."
The child of local politician Cleo Maroudas Mathews and physician William Peter Mathews, she grew up in Hinton, West Virginia. She later married Stephen Burwell and settled in Washington, D.C.
During her college years, she worked as an aide to then-Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis.