Michael J. Neuenfeldt will serve as the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) after an extensive nationwide search. In his new role, Mike will ensure WestEd’s mission and work are supported through financial accountability and performance.
Leading multi-dimensional projects that directly impact WestEd’s long-term growth and success, Mike’s expertise and financial and business acumen regularly translate to modernizations in financial forecasting, reporting, resource planning, and operating systems and procedures. His passion for leading teams continually allows the agency to build internal capacity and sustain thriving relationships while effectively operating to meet high-demand commitments to partners and clients.
“Mike’s deep experience and thorough understanding of WestEd’s structure, agency status, and responsibilities make him ideal for this key leadership role,” says WestEd CEO Glen Harvey. “I’m extraordinarily pleased that he will lead the agency’s financial management and measurement of growth.”
His work will allow WestEd to continue fulfilling resource and regulatory needs through responsibilities that include financial planning, budgeting, accounting, contracts, compliance, risk management, procurement, and facilities. With 15 years at WestEd, Mike brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of results, accountability, and integrity.
“None of this would be possible without the support I’ve received from WestEd leadership, my teams, and all my colleagues throughout the organization,” he says. “I look forward to helping WestEd diversify, grow, scale, and thrive.”
Outside of his time at WestEd, Mike served in various finance and strategy roles at Symantec Corporation, American Express, Gap, Inc., and Bain and Company, Inc.
Mike earned an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, an MS in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Stanford University, and a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University.
Mike previously served as the agency’s Deputy CFO; Director of Finance and Contracts; Director of Contracts Management; and Director of Finance. He will advance in his role as CFO following his predecessor, Nancy Riddle, who will retire from her role in June.