Leadership


Mike Milken

Founder


Michael Milken, chairman of the Milken Institute, has been at the forefront of successful initiatives in medical research, education, public health, and access to capital for nearly five decades. Fortune magazine called him "The Man Who Changed Medicine." In 1982 he formalized his previous philanthropy by co-founding the Milken Family Foundation. Later, he founded the Milken Institute, a non-partisan public think tank.

When the coronavirus pandemic swept the world in 2020, Mike redirected all ten of the Institute’s centers to confront the crisis. The Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, named to recognize an Institute gift, has also led the search for solutions.

As a financier, he revolutionized modern capital markets by pricing and rewarding risk more efficiently. The thousands of entrepreneurs and companies he financed created millions of jobs. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Milken earned his M.B.A. at the Wharton School. He and his wife Lori have been married since 1968 and are members of the Giving Pledge; they have three children and 10 grandchildren. More information is at www.mikemilken.com

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Kerry Murphy Healey

President


Kerry Healey’s career spans higher education, elected office, and foreign and domestic policy. In July 2019, she capped six years as the first woman president of Babson College, the 100-year-old business school consistently ranked as the country’s leading institution in entrepreneurship education. During her tenure at Babson, Healey championed women entrepreneurs, created greater affordability and access for students, and oversaw a dramatic $200 million renewal of the Wellesley campus.
 
Previously, Healey served as Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor, where she led bipartisan efforts to improve services for the homeless, tackle the opioid crisis, and increase protections for victims of child abuse, drunk driving accidents, and sexual and domestic violence. 
 
Healey has been a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Institute of Politics and Center for Public Leadership, and is on the International Council of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She holds an AB in government from Harvard College and a PhD in political science and law from Trinity College, Dublin. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a trustee of the American University of Afghanistan.

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