about us
What is the Milken Institute?

A nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank, the Milken Institute believes in the power of capital markets to solve urgent social and economic challenges. We explore the intersection of finance, business, philanthropy and policy to determine how public and private investment can drive progress. We produce rigorous, data-driven research — and turn ideas into action by convening senior decision-makers who can make a difference in the marketplace and around the world.

What is the organization's mission?

Our mission is to increase global prosperity by advancing collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs and improve health.

We do this through independent, data-driven research, action-oriented meetings and meaningful policy initiatives.

Where is the Milken Institute located?

We are headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif. We also have a large presence in Washington, D.C., where we opened an office in 2011 and where FasterCures, our Center for Advancing Medical Solutions, and the Center for Financial Markets, devoted to making markets efficient and stable, are located. Our Asia Center in Singapore launched in 2012.

When was the Institute founded?

The organization was founded in 1991 as the Milken Institute for Job and Capital Formation. Its original focus on the interaction between education and job growth has expanded over the years to include a much broader research agenda that includes medical research, aging, economics, public health, philanthropy, human capital, demographics, capital markets and regional studies.

Who runs the Milken Institute?

The Milken Institute is headed by CEO Michael Klowden. Our chairman, Michael Milken, continues to guide the vision and overall goals of the Institute. (Visit www.mikemilken.com for his full biography and details on his initiatives beyond the Milken Institute, including the Prostate Cancer Foundation.) Senior staff members direct our research agenda.

What are the Milken Institute's political affiliations?

The Milken Institute is independent, nonpartisan and data-driven. Policymakers from both sides of the aisle recognize us as a valued source of thoughtful, unbiased analysis. We push for progress on areas of bipartisan agreement.

How is the Milken Institute funded?

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Milken Institute relies on contributions, grants and sponsorships from individuals, corporations, foundations and government entities. Membership in the Milken Institute Associates offers the opportunity to champion our work and join our network of global leaders; members also attend private events and receive special access at our major conferences. Click here to read more about how to engage with us and support our work.

How many people work at the Milken Institute, and who are they?

We have some 85 people on our full-time staff. In addition, the Milken Institute has approximately two dozen distinguished fellows. Click here for a staff directory, and here to see a list of our experts organized by subject area.

Are there any job openings at the Milken Institute?

Click here for currently available positions and details on how to apply.

What are your principal areas of research?

We study the factors that drive sustainable economic growth and job creation, as well as the value of human capital and critical issues in health economics. We identify policies, financing strategies and market-based solutions that will address social and economic challenges.

Where can I find your research reports, slides and videos?

Click on the links to browse through our library, search our publications, or search by topic. PDFs of Milken Institute research reports are available for free download.

Many of the individual publication pages on our website are enhanced with video interviews, slide decks or interactive data.

Our events section contains a rich video archive of past forums and major conferences. Slides from Global Conference are posted alongside the videos of each panel. 

What events do you have, and are they open to the public?

We convene a wide variety of events year-round, from our flagship Global Conference to international summits and working retreats. Some events are invitation only while others have open registration. Videos from most of our events are posted on our website.

The public is welcome to attend our forums, which bring acclaimed authors, economists and thought leaders to Santa Monica.

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What is The Milken Institute Review and how do I subscribe?

The Milken Institute Review is our acclaimed quarterly journal, featuring timely articles from some of the world's leading economists and journalists. Download the iOS app here, download the Kindle version here, order a print subscription here or read individual articles for free on each publication page after login.

What is the Institute's relationship with the Milken Family Foundation?

They are separate entities. To learn more about the Milken Family Foundation's education and medical research initiatives, visit www.mff.org.