Michael Goldstein (Washington, DC) is a Managing Director at Tyton Partners, a strategy consulting and investment banking firm focused entirely on the education vertical, where he is co-creator of its Center for Higher Education Transformation.
Before coming to DC, Mike was founding Director of the New York City Urban Corps, the nation’s first urban intern program exclusively for college students with financial need. He then led the Ford Foundation-supported Urban Corps National Development Office, which over the course of two years assisted over two dozen American cities establish their own Urban Corps programs. He returned to public service as Assistant City Administrator and Director of University Relations in the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York, and taught in the public administration program at Baruch College of the City University of New York as an adjunct assistant professor.
In 1971 Mike moved to Chicago to assume the position of Associate Vice Chancellor for Urban and Governmental Affairs and Associate Professor of Urban Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was responsible for developing and maintaining working relations between the newly-opened campus and the surrounding city and its communities.
He left Chicago in 1978 to organize and lead the education law practice at the DC law firm Dow Lohnes PLLC, which merged with the global law firm Cooley LLC in 2014. He left Cooley in 2020 to join Tyton Partners. He has served as Chair of the Committee on Legal Education of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, Co-chair of the Education Grants Committee of the Federal Bar Association, and Chair of the Education Law Committee of the ABA.
Mike is a Director of the University of the District of Columbia Foundation, a trustee and former board chair of Fielding Graduate University, and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Vermont College of Fine Arts. He also served prior to its acquisition by George Washington University as a trustee of Mount Vernon College in DC, and as a director of the American Association for Higher Education.
He is founding member of the Board of Directors of The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars and Vice Chair of the Board of The Washington Ballet, and he has served as a Vice Chair and Board member of the Cleveland Park Historical Society. While his son was a student there, he served as a member of the John Eaton Home-School Association and as a representative of John Eaton School on the Ward 3 School Reorganization Task Force. He is a member and past president of the Friendship Fire Association, the volunteer arm of the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department.
He is a recipient of the WICHE/WCET Richard Jonsen Award for leadership and service to the e-learning community, the CAEL Morris Keeton Award for his contributions to experiential learning, the President’s Medal for exemplary service to adult learners from Excelsior College, the Hall of Fame Award from the United States Distance Learning Association, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Fielding Graduate University in recognition of his contributions to the advancement and institutionalization of online learning.
He holds a BA from Cornell University and a law degree from New York University. He was a Loeb Fellow in Advanced Urban and Environmental Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the recipient of a Wall Street Journal Newspaper Fund Fellowship, serving as a reporter and writer in the New York City bureau of United Press International.
Mike and his spouse have lived in Washington, DC, since 1978.