Michael Klein, Sunlight Foundation

TITLE: Co-founder, Chairman

FOCUS AREAS: Government accountability and transparency, journalism

CONTACT: 202-742-1520, contact form

PROFILE: Michael Klein is the co-founder and chairman of the Sunlight Foundation. This foundation was created in 2006 with Klein's $3.5 million establishing contribution.

His foundation bio shares:

Michael Klein is the co-founder and Chairman of the Sunlight Foundation. Mike resigned as a partner of the law firm Wilmer Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale) on January 1, 2006 to devote all of his time to the array of business and non-profit activities that had and have increasingly engaged him over the past decade. Principal among these are: Chairman of the Board of Directors of CoStar Group, Inc. (NASDAQ symbol CSGP) of which he was a co-founder; Chairman of the Board of the Shakespeare Theatre Company; Vice Chairman of the Board and Lead Director of Tutor Perini Corporation (NYSE symbol TPC); director of the privately held cargo carrier ASTAR Air Cargo, Inc., formerly DHL Airways, Inc., of which he is a co-owner; and director of ThinkFood Group, LLC. Mike also serves as a trustee of The American Himalayan Foundation, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and The Aspen Institute and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board of Harvard Law School.

Klein’s CoStar Group bio shares:

Michael R. Klein has been the Chairman of our Board of Directors since he and Mr. Florance started the Company in 1987. Mr. Klein also currently serves as Chairman of the board of directors and Chief Executive Officer of The Sunlight Foundation, a non-profit public education organization which he founded in 2005, and as Vice Chairman of the board of directors, Lead Director, Chairman of the audit and corporate governance & nominating committees, and member of the compensation committee of Tutor Perini Corporation, a publicly-held construction company. From 1998 to 2011, he served on the board of directors of SRA International, Inc., a formerly publicly held provider of technology and strategic consulting services and solutions which was sold in June 2011. Mr. Klein is also a director of ASTAR Air Cargo, Inc., a privately held company. He also serves as Chairman of the board of directors of The Shakespeare Theatre Company, as a director and secretary of the American Himalayan Foundation, as a director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and as a trustee of the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Aspen Institutes. From 1974 through 2005, he was a partner of the law firm now known as Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr, LLP. Mr. Klein received a B.B.A. and a J.D. from the University of Miami and an L.L.M. from Harvard University.
As a result of his service on our Board of Directors since the Company’s inception, Mr. Klein has extensive knowledge of the commercial real estate, data provider and technology industries, as well as the Company’s products, services and business strategies. In addition to his role and tenure on our Board, Mr. Klein brings to the Board of Directors extensive experience through his service over the past 27 years on the boards of directors of the foregoing and other publicly-held companies, as well as several privately held businesses and non-profit organizations, including in the role of Chairman and Lead Director. Mr. Klein’s experience gained as a result of his involvement as a founder, director and/or investor in those entities over the past 27 years, including active participation in their business development and management, enables him to contribute significantly to the oversight and governance of the Company. Mr. Klein also has three decades of service as a corporate and securities lawyer with significant participation in corporate financings and mergers & acquisitions allowing him to provide valuable insight when evaluating or overseeing the Company’s business and growth strategies.

You can read Klein’s blog posts for Sunlight here.