Stephen Goldsmith

Director-American Government Innovations Program at Harvard University - John F. Kennedy School of Government

Stephen Goldsmith

Stephen Goldsmith

Director-American Government Innovations Program at Harvard University - John F. Kennedy School of Government

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12/12/1946 - Indianapolis, IN, United States



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President, Chief Executive Officer & Director at The Finish Line, Inc.

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Former Managing Director & Senior Client Relationship Manager at Morgan Stanley

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President at The Century Foundation

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Co-Director, Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University - John F. Kennedy School of Government

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The Japan-US Friendship Commission

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President Emeritus at Harvard University

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Former President at Hobart College

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Founder at Be The Change, Inc.

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Former Chief Executive Officer & Director at Feeding America

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Former Director at OBH, Inc.

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Stephen Goldsmith
Director-American Government Innovations Program at Harvard University - John F. Kennedy School of Government
JD with Honors
Class of 1971

The University of Michigan, founded in 1817, celebrates a long and distinguished history. It was in 1787 that the Northwest Territorial Ordinance provided public land for this and other Midwestern universities and established a tradition of respect for excellence in higher education. Three Native American nations—the Ojibwa (Chippewa), Odawa (Ottawa), and Bodewadini (Potawatomi)—subsequently granted certain lands for use of the University of Michigan and by the end of the 19th century, Michigan was the largest and most generously supported public university in America and already a leader in graduate education. The University of Michigan Law School, one of the oldest law schools in the nation, was founded in 1859. But unlike other highly selective law schools established in that era, admission was never restricted to the privileged. When Gabriel Hargo graduated from the Law School in 1870, Michigan—then the largest law school in the country—became the second American university to confer a law degree on an African American. That same year, Michigan was the first major law school to admit a woman, and in 1871, graduate Sarah Killgore became the first woman with a law degree in the nation to be admitted to the bar; by 1890, Michigan had graduated more women than any other law school. That commitment to access and diversity joined an equally powerful commitment to excellence, which continues to this day.

Bachelor's Degree
Class of 1968

Wabash College is an independent, liberal arts college for men. It offers qualified young men a superior education, fostering, in particular, independent intellectual inquiry, critical thought, and clear written and oral expression. The College educates its students broadly in the traditional curriculum of the liberal arts, while also requiring them to pursue concentrated study in one or more disciplines

Eagle Scout

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.

Career History
Director-American Government Innovations Program

The Women and Public Policy Program of Harvard Kennedy School closes gender gaps in economic opportunity, political participation, health and education by creating knowledge, training leaders and informing public policy and organizational practices. Our research provides evidence-based insights on the role of gender in shaping economic, political and social opportunities available to individuals. We identify successful interventions and measure their impact on women, men, and society, then share recommendations on what policies, organizational practices and leadership techniques help close involuntary gaps.

Current is a Silicon-Valley technology company that offers a web-based financial visualization software for state and local governments. The company focuses on making government budget and financial data accessible by modeling and presenting it in a user-friendly and interactive manner.


Gazelle TechVentures invests in emerging, early-, middle- and late-stage information technology, healthcare, communications and advanced manufacturing companies. The firm focuses on companies in Indiana and the Midwestern US

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Directors
2019 - Current

Rubicon Global Holdings LLC provides cloud-based waste and recycling solutions. It offers comprehensive waste stream solutions that allow companies to reduce operating expenses, implement recycling programs, and save money through waste and recycling initiatives. Its services include waste and recycling request for proposal, waste and recycling equipment maintenance and right-sizing, cost savings and invoice analysis, web-based software for online waste and recycling management, construction, and demolition waste, recovery and recycling, and marketing of recyclable commodities and vendor performance monitoring. The company was founded by Nathaniel R. Morris, Lane B. Moore, Marc Spiegel, and Henry M. Dudgeon III in 2008 and is headquartered in Atlanta, GA.

Board Advisor
2017 - Current

Passport Labs, Inc. provides cloud-based parking management solutions. Its products categories include parking, transit, permits, enforcement, and gateway services. The firm serves government, transit agencies, campuses, private operators, and business program. The company was founded by Charlie G. Youakim and Robert Youakim in 2010 and is headquartered in Charlotte, NC.

Member, Strategic Advisory Board
2016 - Current

Sensity Systems capitalizes on conversions to LED lighting—a process that will affect 4 billion lights worldwide over the next few years—to create a high-speed, sensor-based, multiservice, open networking platform known as a Light Sensory Network (LSN). LSNs help lighting owners improve lighting control and energy efficiency, as well as business processes that go well beyond lighting. By embedding networking technology and sensors within LED luminaires themselves, Sensity uses energy-efficient LED lighting as the foundation for its turnkey NetSense platform, the first Light Sensory Network implementation. By working closely with developers of software applications and services that run on the NetSense platform, Sensity enables facility and municipal lighting owners to link energy efficiency and cost savings to the improvement of business goals as diverse as public safety, parking control, asset management, and retail analytics. Sensity is the first company that has assembled all the relevant technology expertise, process integration know-how, and strong partnerships required to make the Light Sensory Network a reality. Privately held Sensity Systems, founded in 2010 and previously known as Xeralux Inc., is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. The company’s global customers include Fortune 500 businesses, commercial and industrial property owners, retail facilities, municipal and regional agencies, universities, school districts, hospitals, transportation authorities, warehousing and distribution facilities, and horticulture operations.

Member, Advisory Board of Governors

The Partnership for Public Service works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works.

Member, Board of Trustees

The Century Foundation was founded in 1919 by Edward A. Filene, an American businessman, social entrepreneur, and philanthropist, under the name of The Cooperative League. The organization’s mission was to act as an advisory committee for Filene in disbursing his funds in a way that could best benefit the world. Renamed the Twentieth Century Fund in 1922, and then The Century Foundation in 1999, the Foundation has sought liberal, progressive solutions to the nation’s problems.

Political Donations

Senator at Office of the Senator from Indiana, Todd Young


Senator at Office of the Senator from Utah, Mitt Romney


Representative from Indiana's 5th Congressional District

Awards & Honors
Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Eagle Scout Award
Los Angeles, CA, United States
2013 Milken Institute Global Conference

Through a unique international agenda and some of the smartest speakers on the planet, the Milken Institute Global Conference tackles the world’s most difficult challenges in an array of fields - from finance and philanthropy, to the environment and education, to government and health.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
2006 Milken Institute Global Conference

The 2006 Milken Institute Global Conference brings together some of the most extraordinary people in the world - from entrepreneurs and executives to philanthropists, scientists and Nobel laureates. Together they explore solutions to today's most pressing social, political and economic challenges.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
2005 Milken Institute Global Conference

The 2005 Milken Institute Global Conference brings together some of the most extraordinary people in the world - from entrepreneurs and executives to philanthropists, scientists and Nobel laureates. Together they explore solutions to today's most pressing social, political and economic challenges.

Other Affiliations

Stephen Goldsmith is affiliated with Harvard University - John F. Kennedy School of Government, OpenGov, Inc., Gazelle TechVentures, Inc., County of Marion (Indiana), City & County of Indianapolis-Marion County (Indiana), Huron Consulting Group, Inc., New York Office of the Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, Conduent State & Local Solutions, Inc., George W. Bush's Campaign for President of the United States, 2000, Indianapolis Office of the Mayor, Stephen Goldsmith, Knowledge Universe, Inc., Conduent Business Services LLC, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, Executive Office of the President Under George W. Bush, CapitalSource Finance LLC, Columbia University, Indiana University, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, Inc., University of Pennsylvania, Rubicon Global Holdings LLC, Passport Labs, Inc., Sensity Systems, Inc., OpenGov, Inc., CapitalSource Finance LLC, Socrata, Inc., Arcadia Resources, Inc., CapitalSource, Inc., Windrose Medical Properties Trust, Net2Phone, Inc., The Finish Line, Inc., Steak 'n Shake, Inc., OBH, Inc., Steak 'n Shake Enterprises, Inc., United States Infrastructure Corp., Partnership for Public Service, The Century Foundation, Homes for Working Families, Fannie Mae Foundation, Corporation for National & Community Service, America's Promise - The Alliance for Youth, Council for Excellence in Government, The National Campaign to Prevent Teenage Pregnancy, American Prosecutors Research Institute, National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, Aspen Institute - Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership

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