Jonathan Kaplan

CEO, Laureate Online & CEO, Walden University


Jonathan Kaplan

Jonathan Kaplan is the chief executive officer of Laureate Online and president & chief executive officer of Walden University. He is responsible for Laureate’s portfolio of international online insitututions and offerings. 

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) around the world. He also serves on the board of the Presidents’ Forum—an organization of accredited institutions focused on advancing excellence and innovation in online education—and on the online leadership advisory council for University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), a national association of universities offering professional, continuing, and online education.

Mr. Kaplan was appointed in 2013 by a bipartisan group of U.S. senators to serve on a congressional task force conducting a comprehensive review of federal higher education regulations and laws.

Mr. Kaplan graduated cum laude from Harvard College with an AB in Government. He received his JD from Boston University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Boston University Law Review.