Jonthan A. Kaplan


Jonathan A. Kaplan has served as president of Walden University since September 2007. He assumed his position after serving as an officer of Walden University and in a range of senior positions at Laureate Education, Inc., for several years. As president, Mr. Kaplan focuses on efforts to attract a diverse population of working professionals to Walden and to provide students with an engaging learning environment. He also works to expand global opportunities for students through Walden’s membership in the Laureate International Universities network.

Prior to joining Walden University, Mr. Kaplan had a distinguished career in government, public policy, and law in Washington, D.C. Mr. Kaplan served in the White House as chief of staff of the National Economic Council and special assistant to the president for economic policy under President Clinton. Previously, he held posts at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and on Capitol Hill, focusing on economic and domestic policy issues. Prior to his government service, he practiced law as an associate at Covington & Burling, a leading international law firm.

Mr. Kaplan graduated cum laude from Harvard College with a B.A. in government. He received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law where he served as an editor of the Boston University Law Review.

Mr. Kaplan serves as a member of the American Council on Education’s Commission on International Initiatives and on the boards of several organizations, including National Hispanic University and Advocates for Children and Youth. He resides in Chevy Chase, Md., with his wife, Jill Wilkins, a senior officer at the World Bank, and three children.


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