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Pearlstein, Mitch

Dr. Mitch Pearlstein

Founder and President, Center of the American Experiment

Areas of Expertise

Public policy, education


Mitch Pearlstein is founder and president of Center of the American Experiment, a nonpartisan public policy and educational institution that brings conservative and free market ideas to bear on the hardest problems facing Minnesota and the nation.

Before his 1990 return to the Twin Cities, Pearlstein served for two years in the U.S. Department of Education, during the Reagan and (first) Bush Administrations, where he held three positions, including director of outreach for the Office of Educational Research and Improvement. Just prior to his federal service in Washington, Pearlstein spent four years as an editorial writer and columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, where he focused on foreign and national affairs.                                                                

Pearlstein also has been special assistant for policy and communications to Minnesota Governor Al Quie, a research fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, assistant to University of Minnesota President C. Peter Magrath, director of public information at the State University of New York at Binghamton, a reporter for The Sun-Bulletin, and a columnist for City Business and Twin Cities Business Monthly.

Pearlstein is a director of the Greater Twin Cities United Way, a former chairman of the St. Paul-based Partnership for Choice in Education, and an emeritus director of the General John Vessey Jr. Leadership Academy. He is a member of the New York-based Commission on Parenthood’s Future, the dean's advisory council for the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the advisory board for the Tocqueville Center at the University of Minnesota; the public policy advisory committee of the School of Education at the University of St. Thomas, and the Hiawatha Leadership Academy’s board of advisors. He was a member of the Citizens League Higher Education Study Committee, the Aspen Institute’s Domestic Strategy Group, and the steering committee of Minnesotans for Major League Baseball. Pearlstein also is a founder of the Washington-based Center for New Black Leadership.

Pearlstein has an undergraduate degree in political science from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Minnesota.

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