Michael A. Golden

Michael is Senior Vice President of SES ESOP Strategies. He has a wide range of employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) financing and banking experience, developing employee-owned private companies through structuring and securing financing for middle market corporate transactions approaching $1 Billion.

He has managed strategic, financial, marketing and operational issues across the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Previously, Michael was CFO of a technology and public policy company, interim Director of Finance of a private foundation and consulted on a variety of management and organizational issues. He also has served as a bank officer at Shorebank, a Chicago-based community development bank with a national reputation, managing strategic, financial, and operational projects for the bank, including analyzing and devising replacement strategy for multiple branching expansions, creating and implementing its first retail marketing strategy, and leading a turn-around restructuring of its national IT area by designing and implementing a platform for multi-state growth.

Michael has served nonprofits and the public sector in a variety of positions. He served as an elected Borough Councilor for 20 years, founded several municipal nonprofit economic development organizations and served on county boards related to county development strategy and “green” policies. He currently serves on the Senior Econsult Corporation Advisory Board, advising in economics and related value analysis fields, government, and economic and community development, and is a member of the Montgomery County Redevelopment Authority’s Loan Committee.

Michael is accredited in Private Company Governance from the Private Directors Association and has won various awards, including The ESOP Association’s Professional Member of the Year.


  • Yale School of Management, MBA, 1990
    • Awarded Patricia Roberts Harris Public Service Fellowship by the U.S. Department of Education
  • London School of Economics, M.Sc., 1985
  • Wesleyan University, B.S., Political Economy, 1981

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