Michael Klowden is president and CEO of the Milken Institute. During his tenure, the Institute's annual Global Conference has become one of the world's premier business, finance and policy events. Under his leadership, the Institute dramatically enhanced its worldwide outreach; significantly increased its convening capacity; initiated specialized research centers, including the Asia Center, the California Center and the Center for Public Health; established a major presence in Washington, D.C., with the founding of FasterCures and the Center for Financial Markets; and expanded the use of Financial Innovations Labs, which suggest solutions to specific challenges. Previously, Klowden was president of Jefferies Group Inc.; senior partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; and partner at Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp. He has served on numerous for-profit and charitable boards. Klowden holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago, where he is a trustee, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.