Mike Bartlett

Senior Policy Analyst
Economic Opportunity Division

Mike Bartlett serves as a Senior Policy Analyst for the Economic Opportunity Division of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, where he serves as an advisor to senior state officials for postsecondary education, focusing on talent development strategies, and aligning education and workforce development.

Mike has published numerous articles and reports on these topics, and regularly presents to state officials and national organizations on sector-based industry engagement strategies, work-based learning and apprenticeship, veteran’s occupational licensure, and aligning education and workforce development systems. Mike’s writing has been published by the US Department of Labor, the Federal Reserve, The Council of State Governments, and others.

Prior to joining NGA, Mike served as policy advisor to Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, responsible for implementing the governor’s initiatives on such topics as childhood nutrition, school safety, healthcare reform, tax reform, and workforce development.

Mike holds a master’s degree from the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Kentucky.