Harold Goldman was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1942. At that time, Jim Crow and segregation were the norm in the Delta South. In fact, Harold did not attend an integrated school until he entered law school in 1964. Fortunately for him, his parents were progressive Jews who inculcated in him the ideals of social justice and the mandate to repair the world. These values helped shape his view of the world and his career, which has spanned law, public service and not-for-profit leadership and management. Harold received his B.S. and J.D. from the University of Memphis, his M.S.W. from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.