Mary Beth Baker –  Managing Partner

Mary Beth has spent her career advising higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations on how to respond most effectively to external and internal challenges. For 20 years, through strategic planning, restructuring, process improvement, project management and technology integration, she has provided valuable counsel to clients such as the California State University (Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge and Pomona) University of California (Berkeley, Davis, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego and San Francisco) and UC Office of the President, Pepperdine University and Stanford University.

Formerly a Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, she directed the western region consulting practice that delivered strategy consulting, operations improvement and software implementations to higher-education institutions. Mary Beth is a founding Partner of Next Generation.

Mary Beth has her BBA from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, and an MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles.


Phil Goldstein –  Managing Partner

Phil Goldstein is a founding Partner in Next Generation and has nearly 20 years of experience as a consultant and an administrator in higher education. He started his career at Coopers & Lybrand (C&L), where he provided operations improvement and technology and strategy consulting to colleges and universities. After C&L merged with Price Waterhouse, Phil served as one of three Partners directing U.S. higher-education consulting and led its technology-implementation group.

Phil’s clients have included Brown University, Case Western Reserve University, MIT, California Institute of Technology, Pepperdine University, New York University, Dartmouth College, California State University, Johns Hopkins University, Monmouth University and Mercy College.

He is committed to researching and writing on management and technology issues in higher education. He is a frequent presenter at industry conferences and has authored or coauthored numerous articles and books on topics including outsourcing, higher education’s changing competitive landscape, IT leadership and IT funding.

Phil has a BA in Economics from Brandeis University and an MBA from New York University.


Dianna Sadlouskos – Strategic Alliance Partner

Dianna Sadlouskos is an independent consultant with 20 years experience supporting higher education institutions and high tech companies.  She guides organizations to create thoughtful and executable strategic plans, and to design and deploy initiatives that help people and organizations work smarter and more efficiently.   A partial list of clients includes UCLA, Washington State Community and Technical Colleges system, UC Riverside, Satmetrix, Hewlett Packard and EMC.
Concurrently, Dianna also provides customized executive coaching services focused on guiding individuals in career strategy development and execution.
Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Dianna held leadership roles at Pepperdine University, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Microsoft Corporation and The Phelon Group.