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    Amanda Burden

    Bloomberg Associates
    New York, NY

    Amanda Burden is a principal at Bloomberg Associates, a philanthropic consultancy founded by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. The firm focuses on city government and other issues of urban life. From 2000 to 2013, Burden served as the director of the New York City Department of City Planning and as chairwoman of the City Planning Commission. As a city planner, Burden oversaw the rezoning of large swaths of New York City, opening new neighborhoods to real estate development. In 2011, she published a 168-page handbook on zoning rules that contains information previously only found in an unwieldy 1,500-page tome.

    Burden, born in 1944, is the child of socialite Babe Paley and Standard Oil heir Stanley Grafton Mortimer, Jr. The first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, John Jay, is one of her ancestors.

    She briefly attended Wellesley College and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1976, with a concentration in environmental science. She earned an MA in urban planning from Columbia University. Since 1993, Burden has been in a long-term relationship with television talk-show host Charlie Rose. She has two children from a previous marriage to Shirley Carter Burden, Jr.: Flobelle Fairbanks Burden and S. Carter Burden III.