Governor Michael Dukakis

Co-Founder and Chairman, Boston Global Forum

Chairman, Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation

Democratic Party Nominee for President of the United States, 1988

Distinguished Professor J.D., Harvard University

Chairman of AIWS Standards and Practice Committee, Michael Dukakis Institute

Michael Stanley Dukakis was born in Brookline, Massachusetts to Greek immigrant parents. He attended Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School and served in the United States Army from 1955-1957, sixteen months of which was with the support group to the U.S. delegation to the Military Armistice Commission in Korea.

He served eight years as a member of the Massachusetts legislature and was elected Governor of Massachusetts three times. He ran for the presidency of the United States in 1988 but was defeated by George Bush.

In addition to his Boston Global Forum role, Governor Dukakis is currently a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University and Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy at UCLA. Recently, he and former U.S. Senator Paul Simon authored, “How to Get Into Politics-and Why,” to provide young people with a road map to a career in public service.

As a life-long public transportation advocate, Governor Dukakis was nominated by President Bill Clinton for a five-year term as a named to the Board of Directors of Amtrak in 1998. He served a full five-year term on the Amtrak Board as Vice-Chairman. He is often called upon to offer his expertise on rail service to Boston.