Jonathan Kaplan, JD, past president of Walden University from 2007−2012, is currently serving as the president, responsible for the overall day-to-day management, academic quality, financial performance, accreditation, and governance of Walden.
Mr. Kaplan has had a distinguished career in government, public policy, and law in Washington, D.C. He served in the White House as chief of staff of the National Economic Council and as special assistant to the president for economic policy under President Bill Clinton. He also held posts at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and on Capitol Hill, focusing on economic and domestic policy issues. Before his government service, he practiced law as an associate at Covington & Burling, a leading international law firm.
Mr. Kaplan serves as an observer on the board of directors for Coursera, an education technology company offering massive open online courses (MOOCs) all around the world. He also was appointed in 2013 by a bipartisan group of U.S. senators to be part of a Congressional task force conducting a comprehensive review of federal higher education regulations and laws.
Mr. Kaplan graduated cum laude from Harvard College with a BA in government. He received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Boston University Law Review. He resides in Bethesda, Maryland, with his family.