Staff

David Mortimer

President
 
Mr. Mortimer is President and a Trustee of The American Assembly, a national, non-partisan, and public affairs forum founded by Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1950 and affiliated with Columbia University. Before joining The American Assembly, he worked at Kuhn-Loeb & Co., an investment bank. At The Assembly, Mr. Mortimer has overseen more than seventy national projects on domestic and international topics.  He has been involved in every aspect of the planning, implementation, and follow-up and has run over eighty regional Assembly programs with institutions throughout the country, Canada, and Europe.

Joe Karaganis

Vice President
 
Joe Karaganis is Vice President at The American Assembly. His work focuses on the regulation of the knowledge economy, and has recently included research on intermediary liability, broadband adoption, and media piracy. His recent work includes Media Piracy in Emerging Economies (2011) and Copy Culture in the US and Germany (2013). Current projects include the 'Takedown Project' and the 'Open Syllabus Project.' Prior to joining the American Assembly, he was a program director at the Social Science Research Council in New York.
 

Nicholas Hamilton

Director of Urban Policy
 
Nicholas Hamilton directs the urban policy work of The American Assembly where he leads the Legacy Cities Partnership, a national coalition of practitioners, researchers and leaders working to revitalize America’s legacy cities. His work focuses on economic development, urban governance, and civic engagement. Prior to joining The Assembly, he worked at the Earth Institute Center for Sustainable Urban Development at Columbia University. He served as project manager for the team receiving the 2009 Leous-Parry Award for Progressive Sustainability for

Stephanie Sung

Deputy Director of Urban Policy
 
Stephanie Sung is the Deputy Director of The American Assembly's urban policy program. Her work focuses on governance and civic capacity issues of older industrial cities. Previously, Stephanie worked at NYU's Wagner Innovation Labs, part of a consortium under the White House Council for Strong Cities and Strong Communities (SC2) initiative to provide targeted technical assistance to economically distressed communities. She also worked as an analyst with New York City Mayor's Office of Management and Budget,

Karla Garcia

Chief Financial Officer
 
Karla Garcia is the Chief Financial Officer at The American Assembly. She is responsible for all financial activity at the Assembly and serves as program coordinator for various projects. She has held several positions at Columbia University, including that of Financial Assistant at the School of Law’s business office and as a restricted funds specialist at the office of the controller. She received a BA in History and Political Science from Hunter College.
 

Mark Leneker

Program Coordinator
 
Mark joined The Assembly in 2003 and previously held an administrative assistant position at The Institute for Democracy Studies. He worked as an agent assistant at the commercial talent agency Schiffman, Ekman, Morrison, and Marx and an administrative assistant at Chesky Records in New York City. As a performer, he has worked off-Broadway at The Actors Playhouse and Grove Street Theater, and also appeared regionally at Glimmerglass Opera, Cortland Repertory Theater, and The Hangar Theater. Independent research into the film and television scores of Aaron Copland resulted in the World Concert Premiere of “The World of

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