Peter Bearman


Peter Bearman, Cole Professor of Sociology at Columbia University was appointed by the Assembly Trustees to serve as the President of the American Assembly on April 1, 2019. 

Joe Karaganis

Vice President
Joe Karaganis's work focuses on the regulation of the knowledge economy, and has recently included research on intermediary liability, broadband adoption, and media piracy. He also directs the Open Syllabus Project.  Prior to joining The Assembly, he was a Program Director at the Social Science Research Council.

His publications include Media Piracy in Emerging Economies (2011), Copy Culture in the US and Germany (2013), Notice and Takedown in Everyday Practice

Pamela Puchalski

Executive Director
Prior to joining The Assembly, Pamela Puchalski led a civic consultancy advancing forward-looking models for inclusive growth, city-to-city learning, and collaboration. Working in the US and internationally, she has designed and implemented initiatives for urban resilience, neighborhood revitalization, economic development, and competitiveness. Her work helps cities and communities persevere and prosper in the face of a growing list of threats linked to climate change, economic instability, and inequality.
Ms. Puchalski was part of the founding team for Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities where she led the effort to develop resilience

Karla Garcia

Chief Financial Officer
Karla Garcia is responsible for all financial activity at The Assembly and additionally serves as program coordinator for various projects. Ms. Garcia has previously held several positions at Columbia University, as financial assistant at the business office of Columbia’s School of Law and as a restricted funds specialist at Columbia’s Office of the Controller, among others.
Ms. Garcia received a BA in History and Political Science from Hunter College.

Stephanie Sung

Deputy Director of Projects
Stephanie Sung is responsible for the development and launch of new initiatives across various program areas. Her primary role is to influence public policies that expand economic and social mobility in underserved regions. She currently leads capacity-building efforts for community-based organizations in middle neighborhoods. Chief among her past projects is a legacy cities initiative which aimed to establish coalitions of grassroots organizations to promote inclusive urban revitalization in older industrial cities.

Mark Leneker

Program Coordinator
Mark Leneker joined The Assembly in 2003, after leaving an administrative assistant position at The Institute for Democracy Studies.
Prior to this career change, Mr. Leneker 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

Adam Solomon

Database Assistant
Adam Solomon joined The Assembly in August, 2018. He is responsible for data aggregation and processing as well as constituent research. He also provides support to The Assembly’s new database architecture.
Prior to joining The Assembly, Mr. Solomon conducted ethnographic fieldwork on criminality in Bali, Indonesia. Mr. Solomon also worked at the Center for Human Development & Family Services as a waiver support provider. In this role, he focused on the social and educational needs of children diagnosed with conduct disorder.
Mr. Solomon received a BA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay

Bee Vang

Digital Media Strategist
Bee Vang joined The Assembly in early 2018. Mr. Vang has developed workshops in the US and China concerning media, Asian American history, and racial and social justice. Additionally, he has also pursued activism around domestic issues, urban policy, food justice, agriculture, and development through research endeavors, grassroots organizing, and international traveling to China and Hong Kong.
He has held other professional positions at various organizations such as The Economist, First Look Media, the International Leadership Foundation (ILF), the Conference for Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL),

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