Professional Biography

L. Michael Golden is a proven education leader committed to education reform. He brings expertise in the convergence of business, technology, and education as an implementer with experience in established, emergent, and public sector environments. Most recently, Dr. Golden co-founded and served as CEO of Educurious, a non-profit corporation that provides project-based courses and professional development aimed at motivating students to become purposeful, self-confident, and successful in their learning.

Dr. Golden began his career in education as Deputy Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, where he set strategy, policy, programs, and legislation for over two million students. As Deputy Secretary, he developed systems and directed funding to make schools more effective and efficient, including formulating and implementing statewide education technology policies and initiatives. He envisioned and rolled out a groundbreaking $250 million reform to embed student-centered, inquiry-based, data-driven pedagogy in Pennsylvania's 622 high schools through connected classrooms and one-to-one computing environments. He is a proud product of the Pennsylvania public school system.

Dr. Golden next served as Senior Vice President at Pearson, where he led the planning and administrative functions for Pearson’s U.S. education division, including strategy, marketing, business development, and research. He then became Corporate Vice President of Education at Microsoft. In this role, he directed the development and execution of Microsoft’s global efforts in education across the company.

Dr. Golden holds an Ed.D. in Education Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and a B.A. from Williams College.

Current Projects

Dr. Golden launched and leads Catalyst @ Penn GSE. Catalyst is an endeavor to design innovative practices and to create and scale actionable solutions to advance opportunity for all learners. Building on Penn GSE's history of pioneering innovation and entrepreneurship in education, Catalyst combines ideas from education, technology, and business to address the pressing problems in education. Leveraging expertise from both inside and outside the academy, Catalyst spreads effective practices, crowd-sources ideas, operationalizes research, generates thought leadership, and brings together communities to shape the future of education across preK-12, higher education, and executive learning.


Ed.D. (Education Leadership) University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, 2007

M.B.A., Harvard Business School, 1983

B.A. (Political Science) Williams College, 1979

Areas of Expertise

Personalized, blended, problem-based learning

Policy and systems change

Convergence of education, technology, and business

Research to practice implementation

Career connected learning