Paul H. Irving is senior managing director, chief operating officer and member of the board of directors of the Milken Institute, an independent non-profit, publicly supported and non-partisan think tank with offices in Santa Monica, California and Washington, D.C. The mission of the Institute is to advance innovative economic and policy solutions to the great global challenges in health, job creation and capital access through research and relationships with leaders in business, finance, policy and academia. Irving joined the Institute upon completion of an Advanced Leadership Fellowship at Harvard University, where his work focused on leadership and strategy in social enterprises.
Irving was previously co-chairman, chief executive and managing partner of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP, a prominent national law and consulting firm with offices in California, New York and Washington, D.C. During his career at Manatt, Irving served in numerous leadership roles, including chairman of the financial services group and member of the board of directors. His corporate law practice included mergers and acquisitions, capital markets activities, governance issues and a wide range of business and financial industry regulatory matters. Irving was recognized for many years by The Best Lawyers in America, was named a "California Super Lawyer" by Los Angeles magazine, was named "Manager of the Year" and one of the "Legal Stars in California" by the Daily Journal and was rated "AV" for professional excellence by Martindale-Hubbell. In 2006, Irving received the Loyola Law School Board of Governors Award for outstanding contributions to society and the practice of law.
A frequent speaker on leadership and strategy, Irving serves on the board of directors, audit committee and compensation committee of East West Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq: EWBC) and is a senior advisor to Milestone Advisors, LLC and MMP Financial Fund. His charitable and civic activities include service on the board, executive committee and audit committee of Operation Hope, the national council of Human Rights First, the advisory board of TrueSpark and the Social Investment Forum. Previously, Irving served as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.