Until he learned about Northeastern's co-op program, Milton Greenfield had ruled out the possibility of a full-time secondary education. With the support of his mother who greatly emphasized the importance of an education, he enrolled at the University in 1950 and became the first member of his family to attend a day college.
A native of Dorchester, Milt carpooled into Boston each day to study accounting at Northeastern. He completed two co-ops in private accounting before choosing a career path in a public firm, and spent his third co-op in the public sector. Milt credits those experiences with developing his professional interests and continues to be an ardent supporter of the co-op program.
A Dorchester native, Milt graduated from Northeastern in 1955 with his degree in accounting.
After graduating from Northeastern in 1955, Milt joined the United States Navy. Upon fulfilling his military obligation, he passed the Certified Public Accountant examination in 1965 and founded his own practice, Milton Greenfield CPA, an accountancy corporation. Two of the firm's major clients were Weight Watchers of Northern California and Weight Watchers of Greater Los Angeles, and Milt became the chief financial officer of the California franchise in 1967. In 1971, he negotiated the sale of both companies to Weight Watchers International, a subsidiary of the Heinz Corporation, while acting as CFO and also maintaining his CPA firm. He continues to serve as president of Milton Greenfield CPA.
Milt is a very active member of Northeastern's alumni community. He volunteers regularly at college fairs on the University's behalf, speaking to high school students about his time at Northeastern and the impact it had on his subsequent life experiences. Milt is also a longstanding annual donor to the University, proudly supporting the Northeastern Fund and various areas of athletics.
Milt and his wife, Connie, reside in northern California and have three children.