He's had careers in law and investment banking, but Michael Klowden, newly appointed president and chief executive of the Milken Institute, always had a sense he would end up in a more academic setting.
A member of the board of trustees of the University of Chicago for 15 years and a past lecturer at the Anderson School at UCLA, he said that while getting his law degree at Harvard he considered teaching instead of practicing. "I've always had a strong academic interest," said Klowden.
He chose another path, however. Attending Harvard Law after being graduated from the University of Chicago, he became an associate at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp in 1970. He left as a partner in 1978 and joined Morgan Lewis & Bockius' L.A. office, which at the time had four lawyers. When Klowden left Morgan Lewis in 1995, he was one of four lawyers on the firm's national management committee and governing board. The Los Angeles office grew to more than 100 lawyers under his watch.
His next stop was as vice chairman at investment bank Jefferies & Co., a longtime client.
Klowden said that heading up the economic think tank is his way of giving back to the community. "I've been very fortunate in my career, and I've given financial resources to various charities and community organizations," he said. "But other than the (University of Chicago), I haven't given my time. I wanted to do something that would have a meaningful impact on people and I feel the institute does that." Klowden succeeds Donald Straszheim, who became the institute's vice chairman in July.
In addition to his duties at the Milken Institute, Klowden said he will continue to do consulting work with Jefferies.
For now Klowden said he's still getting situated in his new position. In the future, fundraising will be on the top of his priority list. "The main thing I'd like to do is make sure we have the financial resources to continue to do the work we do," he said.
He lives in Santa Monica with his wife and has two children and one grandchild.
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