Meet the Columbia World Projects team.
Nicholas LemannDirectorDirector, Columbia Global Reports; Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Journalism; Dean Emeritus of the Faculty of JournalismRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Nicholas Lemann directs Columbia World Projects as well as Columbia Global Reports, a book publishing venture that commissions reporting around the world on a wide range of political...
Ira KatznelsonDeputy DirectorRuggles Professor of Political Science and History, Columbia UniversityRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Ira Katznelson is Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University. His 2013 book, "Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time," received the Bancroft...
Nik SteinbergDeputy DirectorRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Nik is the Deputy Director of Columbia World Projects. He previously served as the Counselor and Chief Speechwriter for Samantha Power, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
Avril D. HainesDeputy Director (on leave of absence)Read Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Avril Haines has taken a leave of absence from Columbia University, where she served as the Deputy Director of Columbia World Projects. Prior to joining Columbia University, Avril served...
Samantha SlaterDirector, CommunicationsRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Samantha joined Columbia World Projects in July 2018 after nearly a decade on Capitol Hill, serving as a Communications Director in both the Senate and House of Representatives and...
Christopher D. SheaAssistant Director, CommunicationsRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Before joining Columbia World Projects in 2018, Christopher was a Bosch Foundation Fellow based in Berlin. Prior to that, he worked for The New York Times in London and reported for...
Logan WerlingerDigital StrategistRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Logan joined Columbia World Projects as Digital Strategist in November 2019. Prior to joining CWP, Logan was awarded a Fulbright Arts Grant to the Czech Republic and was a visiting researcher...
Convenings & Scholarly Relations
Thomas AsherDirector, Convenings & Scholarly RelationsRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Thomas worked at the Social Science Research Council for 10 years directing grant and fellowship programs to strengthen global social science research capacity and networks, including...
Hollie Russon GilmanColumbia World Projects FellowRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Hollie's first book is "Democracy Reinvented: Participatory Budgeting and Civic Innovation and America." She is the co-author of the new book "Civic Power: Rebuilding American Democracy...
Abby AndersonProgram AssociateRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Abby previously worked as a research associate at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. She collaborated with the Urban Community and Health Equity Lab at Columbia to explore the...
David R. MurrayDirector of DevelopmentRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
David is an enthusiastic face-to-face fundraiser and philanthropy evangelist with 25 years of global experience across the non-profit sector. He is responsible for managing charitable...
Finance & Administration
Antonio PagánDirector, Finance and AdministrationRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Tony came to Columbia World Projects with more than 25 years of development and management experience from various responsibilities in public health and social service organizations.
Cheryl McIntyreAssistant Director, Human Resources and AdministrationRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Cheryl has more than 25 years of people, process, and program management experience in higher education and the health care and finance industries, and she returned to Columbia...
Liam NoonanAssistant Director, FinanceRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Liam has served Columbia University for two decades as a financial administrator for the Office of the President, the School of Social Work, and the university’s central Accounts Payable.
Sue RadmerExecutive Assistant to the DirectorRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
A historic preservation advocate in a former life, Sue returned to campus in 2003 to support then-Dean Nicholas Lemann at Columbia Journalism School. She has a master’s degree from Columbia's...
Katherine RodriguezBusiness ManagerRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Katherine joined Columbia World Projects in March 2020 as Business Manager. Prior to Columbia World Projects, Katherine served as Human Resources & Faculty Affairs Generalist at the...
Marina VasilyevaDirector, Grants ManagementRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Marina joined Columbia World Projects in March 2019. She has dedicated most of her career to the field of grants management and has experience in pre- and post-award grants administration.
Lisa Dolberry HancockFellowship DirectorRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Lisa leads the Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University. She was previously a Vice President at Goldman Sachs where she was head of employee community engagement...
Zachary K. WongAssistant Director, Obama Foundation Scholars ProgramRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Zachary is the Assistant Director of the Obama Foundation Scholars Program. His prior work at Columbia University includes serving as the Manager of Communications and Projects for...
Rainah UmlaufFellowship Program Associate, Obama Foundation Scholars ProgramRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Rainah previously worked at Trinity Wall Street where she coordinated justice, advocacy, and outreach programming on a range of issues including racial equality, the arts, housing...
Abhishek KarPost-Doctoral Research ScientistRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Abhishek is a postdoctoral research scientist at the Environmental Health Sciences department at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He was previously a Research...
Georgette Owusu-AmankwahPost-Doctoral Research ScientistRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Georgette joined Columbia World Projects in August 2019 as a Post-doctoral Research Scientist. She holds a doctoral degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Kentucky.
Ann BournsDirector, Project ManagementRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Ann joined Columbia World Projects in April 2019 as Director, Project Management. She has spent most of her career working with non-profit and for-profit organizations and universities...
Hillary SchrenellActing Director, Project DevelopmentRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Hillary joined Columbia World Projects in May 2018. Prior to this, she was Deputy Commissioner for International Affairs for New York City, where she developed new programs to...
Darragh McConnellDeputy Director for Partnerships With Foundations and the Private SectorRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Darragh joined Columbia World Projects in September 2020. Prior to this, she worked in senior management and organizational strategy roles driving multi-sectoral partnerships and building...
Sarah SillimanAssociate Director, Project ManagementRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Sarah joined Columbia World Projects in July 2019. As part of the project management team, she works across projects to support their success and enable project teams to productively work...
Sara McDonaldBudget Manager for Project ManagementRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Sara joined Columbia World Projects in August 2019. Before joining the team, Sara was the Grants and Finance Manager for the Earth Institute at Columbia University, providing financial...
Lily WendleProject OfficerRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Lily joined Columbia World Projects in August 2019. She has worked as a global health professional with non-profit and for-profit organizations and universities to support strengthening health systems.
Cassandra L. ZieglerExecutive Assistant to the Deputy DirectorRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Cassandra is Executive Assistant to Deputy Director Avril Haines and coordinator for the research projects team. She has a master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University...