Trustees

Craig Calhoun

Co-chair
 
Craig Calhoun is the Co-chair of The American Assembly in New York and President of the Berggruen Institute in Los Angeles.  From 2012 to 2016, Mr. Calhoun was Director and President of the London School of Economics (LSE) and Political Science, where he remains Centennial Professor. He led major efforts to strengthen LSE’s faculty and its leadership in interdisciplinary, international social science, and public policy analysis; to upgrade the quality of teaching; to improve the campus and LSE’s relations to the city around it; and to enhance equity, diversity, and inclusion. He set records for philanthropic fundraising two years in a row.  Before LSE, Mr.

Henry Cisneros

Co-chair
 
Henry Cisneros is the Co-chair of The American Assembly, Principal of Siebert, Cisneros, Shank & Co., and the Chairman of the CityView companies, which work with the nation’s leading homebuilders to create homes priced within the range of average families.  In 1981, Mr. Cisneros became the first Hispanic-American mayor of a major US city, San Antonio, Texas. During his four terms as Mayor, he helped rebuild the city’s economic base and spurred the creation of jobs through infrastructure and downtown improvements. In 1984, Mr. Cisneros was considered as a possible candidate for US Vice President and in 1986 was selected as the “Outstanding Mayor” in the nation by

Lee C. Bollinger

Trustee
 
Lee C. Bollinger became the nineteenth President of Columbia University on June 1, 2002.  A prominent advocate of affirmative action, he played a leading role in the twin Supreme Court cases—Grutter v Bollinger and Gratz v Bollinger—that upheld and clarified the importance of diversity as a compelling justification for affirmative action in higher education.  A leading First Amendment scholar, he is widely published on freedom of speech and press, and currently serves on the faculty of Columbia Law School. This past fall, he taught a course, A Free Press for a Global Society, focused on issues he addresses in his most recent work, Uninhibited

Nancy Cantor

Trustee
 
Nancy Cantor is the Chancellor of Rutgers University–Newark. A distinguished leader in higher education, she is recognized nationally and internationally as an advocate for re-emphasizing the public mission of colleges and universities, both public and private, viewing them not as traditional "ivory towers," but as anchor institutions that collaborate with partners from all sectors of the economy to fulfill higher education’s promise as an engine of discovery, innovation, and social mobility.
 
Having led a highly inclusive and democratic strategic visioning process at Rutgers University–Newark in her inaugural year, she is now leading implementation of

Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos

Trustee
 
Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos serves on the Public Design Commission as the representative of the New York Public Library, where she has been a Trustee since 2003 and sits on the Executive Committee of the Board. She chairs the Board’s Program and Policy Committee and is a Member of the Capital Planning and Real Estate Committee.
 
Ms. Mahnaz spent 30 years as a foreign policy and international security professional and served for a decade as a program executive at the Ford Foundation. She has been a Senior Fellow and remains a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has also been a Fellow at the Belfer Center, Harvard

Donald F. McHenry

Trustee
 
Donald F. McHenry served as Ambassador and US Permanent Representative to the UN from September 1979 until January 20, 1981. As chief US representative to the UN, he also served as a member of President Carter's Cabinet. At the time of his appointment, Mr. McHenry was Ambassador and US Deputy Representative to the UN Security Council, a position to which he was appointed in March 1977.
 
Mr. McHenry is currently a distinguished professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and president of the IRC Group, an international consulting firm.
 
Mr. McHenry has studied,

Richard Mittenthal

Trustee
 
Richard Mittenthal is the President and CEO of TCC Group. Since joining the firm in 1989, he has led consulting and planning assignments for a wide range of clients, including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Margaret Cargill Foundation, the Jewish Museum, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The Children's Defense Fund, the United Way of New York City, the Institute for Advanced Studies, and the Roosevelt Institute.
 

David H. Mortimer

President & Trustee
 
David H. Mortimer is the 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 80 national projects on domestic and international topics.  He was also responsible for books publishing arrangements. He has been involved in every aspect of the planning, implementation, and follow-up of 100 regional

Pamela Samuelson

Trustee
 
Pamela Samuelson is the Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law and Information at the University of California, Berkeley. She is recognized as a pioneer in digital copyright law, intellectual property, cyberlaw and information policy. Since 1996, she has held a joint appointment at Berkeley Law School and UC Berkeley's School of Information. Samuelson is a director of the internationally-renowned Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. She serves on the advisory board of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Electronic Privacy Information Center, as well as on the advisory boards for the Center for Democracy & Technology, Public Knowledge, and the

Anya Schiffrin

Trustee
 
Anya Schiffrin is the Director of the International Media, Advocacy and Communications specialization at Columbia University’s School of International Affairs.  
 
She teaches courses on media and development and innovation as well as the course  “Media, Human Rights and Social Change”. Among other topics, she writes on journalism and development as well as the media in Africa and the extractive sector. Ms. Schiffrin spent 10 years working overseas as a journalist in Europe and Asia and was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in 1999-2000. She is on the advisory board of the Open Society Foundation’s Program on

Paul Volcker

Trustee
 
In the course of his career, Paul Volcker worked in the US Federal Government for almost 30 years, culminating in two terms as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, from 1979-1987, a critical period in bringing a high level of inflation to an end. In earlier stages of his career, Mr. Volcker served as Undersecretary of the Treasury for Monetary Affairs during the early 1970s, a period of historic change in international monetary arrangements. He subsequently became President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and in earlier years was an official of The Chase Manhattan Bank.
 
Mr. Volcker retired as Chairman of

Stephen Stamas

Chair Emeritus
 
Stephen Stamas is the Chair Emeritus of The American Assembly, where he has served for over 30 years. From 1957-1960, he served both in the US Budget Bureau and as a loan officer in the Development Loan Fund. In 1968-1969, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Policy in the US Department of Commerce. Except for this period of government service, from 1960 to 1986, Mr. Stamas was an employee of Exxon Corporation in a number of financial, supply, corporate planning and public affairs positions. He retired from Exxon Corporation as Vice President of public affairs.
 
He is currently Chair of Marlboro School of Music and Co-chair of the American

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