The American Assembly is a public policy institute founded in 1950 by then university President Dwight D. Eisenhower at Columbia University. For over 60 years, The Assembly has fostered non-partisan, public-policy discussions through convenings, research, and publications. Over 100 ‘American Assemblies’ have been held on topics ranging from prison reform to health care and to nuclear disarmament. In recent years, The Assembly’s projects have made significant interventions in and contributions to economic, urban, and cultural policy, as well as other topics such as workforce development, financial regulation, and the role of the arts in American universities.
Today, The Assembly has two major programs — Cities and Knowledge Economies — which focus on building the resources and networks needed to develop effective public policy in their respective areas.