Milvia Burns, the Chief Talent & Strategy Officer at Sills Cummis & Gross, is responsible for developing, communicating, executing and sustaining strategic Firm-wide initiatives, as well as overseeing human capital management for the Firm. Ms. Burns sets the vision for a comprehensive talent management strategy to accomplish the Firm’s business goals and maintain its competitive advantage. She also directs all aspects of talent identification, development, onboarding, retention, coaching, performance management and diversity for the Firm.

Throughout her career, Ms. Burns has developed and managed her own businesses. She has also assisted companies (200+ employees) with all phases of human resources management, and has worked extensively with numerous non-profit organizations in the areas of development, management and board governance. Ms. Burns originally joined Sills Cummis & Gross in 2001 for a three year period, and returned to the Firm in January 2016.

Ms. Burns received her Juris Doctor degree from Temple University School of Law and was thereafter admitted to the Bar of New York. She has served on a number of non-profit boards of directors, including the Boards of WBGO, Mama Mancinis LLC and Jazz Legacy Productions LLC.


  • J.D., Temple University School of Law