Mike Krause is a senior advisor* in Bradley’s Governmental Affairs and Economic Development practice groups, where he represents clients before the executive and legislative branches of government in Tennessee. He also frequently serves clients in a consultative role, providing technical assistance regarding education and workforce issues to universities, philanthropic entities, municipalities, and a range of other organizations.
Prior to joining the firm, Mike served for 14 years in Tennessee state government, holding senior leadership roles in two administrations. Most recently, he served as the executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, functioning as the state’s chief policy officer on all higher education matters, advocating for a $2 billion budget before the legislature, and serving as the state administrator and regulator for all financial aid matters. In addition, Mike served as the coordinator for all state higher education efforts relative to the COVID-19 pandemic, acting as the liaison between campuses and the Tennessee Department of Health and the governor’s Unified Command Group.
Mike also served as a senior staff member in the office of Gov. Bill Haslam and as the founding director of Tennessee Promise, where he led the design and implementation of the nation’s first free community college program. During his time in the Haslam administration he served as an advisor on an array of education matters and coordinated implementation of the state’s first higher education governance overhaul in 50 years.
A frequent commentator in the media, his work has been covered by Politico, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, NPR and CNN. Before joining state government, Mike served for six years on active duty in the United States Army and an additional two years in the reserve components.
*Mike Krause is not an attorney.