Michael Goldfien joined The Cohen Group in the summer of 2015 after completing graduate school at Stanford University, where his research focused on international security and the U.S. foreign policy process.
At Stanford, Mr. Goldfien served as a course assistant to both Ambassador Karl Eikenberry and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Parallel to his coursework and assistantships, Mr. Goldfien worked as a case writer for Dr. Francis Fukuyama's Leadership Academy for Development (LAD), a governance-focused training program run through Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. At LAD, Mr. Goldfien researched and wrote cases on public administration and policy reform in Indonesia, Kenya, and Georgia, and travelled to Jakarta and Tbilisi to conduct interviews and collect data.
Mr. Goldfien holds a Bachelor's degree with honors from Grinnell College, where he majored in international relations and wrote a thesis on the evolution of U.S. nuclear weapons policy. While at Grinnell, Mr. Goldfien played shortstop for and served as team captain of the varsity baseball team.