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 work relating to inclusive urbanization in Cairo, Egypt and joined the Next City Vanguard in 2013. His architectural and urban design work for the firm Davis Brody Bond included the master planning and architectural design of US diplomatic facilities abroad to the design and construction management of research laboratories at Columbia University. Mr. Hamilton holds a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and BA in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley.