RIZE Massachusetts is an independent nonprofit foundation working to end the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts and reduce its devastating impact on people, communities, and our economy.
RIZE Massachusetts Foundation is led by some of the most highly respected leaders in health care, addiction care, business, and labor.
By tapping the commitment and resources of the private sector, we make informed investments in innovative and comprehensive evidence-based treatments that can be scaled, expedited, and made accessible to people suffering from opioid use disorder across the Commonwealth.
President & CEO
Julie Burns is the president and CEO of RIZE Massachusetts and leads the foundation’s work researching, investing in, and expanding evidence-based treatment solutions as well as building coalitions across the nonprofit, public, and private sectors to end the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts.
Previously, Julie was a senior director at the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation overseeing communication strategy, strategic planning, and administration.
Prior to her work with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Julie worked for former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino in a number of roles including deputy chief of staff; director of the Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events; president of the Fund for Boston Neighborhoods; and executive director of Boston 2004, Inc., created to host the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University, has a graduate certificate in public relations from Emerson College, and has completed senior executive programs at Babson University, Bentley University, and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Julie recently served as member of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Office of Recovery Services Substance Use Prevention Advisory Board and serves her community on several nonprofit boards and commissions.
Anne Marie Boursiquot King
Senior Program Officer
Anne Marie Boursiquot King is the senior program officer at the foundation and oversees the portfolio of grants and programs and manages overall grant operations related to opioid use disorder treatment,harm reduction, and recovery.
Anne Marie provides direction to the program strategy committee and board of directors on strategy, evaluation, and governance.
Previously, Anne Marie was the managing director of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation at which she helped launch the organization, led several statewide initiatives, funded collaborations, and granted nearly $20 million to more than 350 organizations during her 11-year tenure. She holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Bentley College Graduate School of Business.
Kathleen Glunz Skarin
Senior Engagement Officer
Kathleen Glunz Skarin is senior engagement officer at RIZE Massachusetts Foundation. In this role, Kathleen oversees public affairs, including government relations, communications, and board relations.
After moving to Boston in 2005, she held several senior executive and management positions in the public sector. She served as staff director on two committees in the Massachusetts Legislature: The Joint Committee on Public Health (2007-2009) and the Joint Committee on Financial Services (2009-2011). During this time, she managed the daily operations of the respective committees and developed the policy agenda with the chairman and committee staff. As chief of staff at the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office for nearly a decade, she served as a member of the sheriff’s command staff and was involved in executing priority initiatives, including the medication assisted treatment pilot program involving several Massachusetts sheriffs.
Most recently as director of strategic partnerships for the New England Aquarium, Kathleen identified and established affiliate relationships in support of strategic priorities for the New England Aquarium.
Thérèse Fitzgerald, PhD, MSW
Chief Program Officer
Dr. Fitzgerald has spent her career working to improve health care for underserved populations as a researcher, policy expert, and advocate. Before joining RIZE, Thérèse served as the director of research for The American City Coalition (TACC) conducting community-based research to address the social determinants of health in marginalized communities.
She has extensive research and policy experience in the field of addiction having served as the associate director of the Center for Addiction Research and Services (CARS) at Boston University’s School of Social Work and continues her work in higher education teaching and mentoring as an instructor of practice at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and as a lecturer at Boston University School of Social Work.
Dr. Fitzgerald received her PhD and MSW from Boston University and a BS from the University of Massachusetts Boston in Management and Psychology.