Michael Klowden is CEO of the Milken Institute. Michael joined the institute in 2001 from Jefferies & Company, then the largest institutional securities brokerage and investment banking firm in Southern California. At Jefferies, he served as vice chairman, president, and chief operating officer. Prior to joining Jefferies, Michael was a senior partner at the international law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. He served as one of the four members of that firm's management committee, was managing partner of the Los Angeles office, and was national vice chairman of the firm's business and finance practice. He is a trustee of the University of Chicago. Michael earned his law degree at Harvard Law School (ex-officio).