Michael Goff, Ph.D.

President and CEO


Dr. Michael J. Goff is President and CEO of the Northeast-Midwest Institute. A native of Philadelphia, he spent much of his career in Baltimore, and more recently in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Goff has three decades of senior executive experience in management, development, and communications, and a long-standing interest in government, public policy, and nonprofit institutions. From 2011 to 2015, he served as senior vice president and chief development officer at Independent Sector, a leadership organization representing and serving the nonprofit and philanthropic community nationwide. Dr. Goff also served for 21 years as vice president for development and college relations at Loyola University Maryland, from 1987 to 2008. During his tenure, he led five major capital campaigns, raising over $200 million in annual and capital support for the university, and also managed external relations, community relations, and media relations. Previously he served as director of planning and development at The Gilman School, also in Baltimore, from 1982 to 1987, and was special assistant to the president at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Pennsylvania, from 1977 to 1979.

Since 2008 Dr. Goff also teaches at The George Washington University as Professorial Lecturer in Political Science, teaching The American Presidency. He serves on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer of Common Cause Maryland.

Dr. Goff earned a Ph.D. in Government at Georgetown University in 2002, specializing in American Politics, Public Policy, and Political Theory. He also holds an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Political Science from Saint Joseph’s University. His research on the impact of money and the media during the early stage of the presidential nomination process was published in 2004 in his book The Money Primary: The New Politics of the Early Presidential Nomination Process.