Michael B. Goldstein (Washington, DC) is co-leader of the education practice at Cooley LLP. He has served as an expert member of the UNESCO-CHEA Task Force on Degree Mills and the National Advisory Panel organized by the Council of State Governments to develop interstate reciprocity laws governing cross-border online learning.
He has long served as General Counsel to the American Association of Community Colleges and, in the past, to the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. In 2014 the Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications awarded Mike the Richard Jonsen Award, given each year to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the e-learning community and WCET during his or her career, and in 2015 he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by Fielding Graduate University, where he was a long-serving Trustee and Board Chair.
Mike has been a member of the board and general counsel of the Washington Ballet and a founding board member of The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. Mike formerly was the founding Executive Director of the New York City Urban Corps and then appointed Assistant City Administrator and Director of University Relations by New York Mayor John V. Lindsay. He then served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Urban and Governmental Affairs and Associate Professor of Urban Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago before joining the Washington law firm Dow Lohnes PLLC (which merged with Cooley LLP in 2014), to establish the firm’s higher education practice.