It’s always so great to contribute to society when you can but how do you describe a woman whose full-time job for decades has been to make steady contributions towards the growth of society? Phenomenal is the word we suggest. Amanda Burden is a phenomenal woman who works as a principal at Bloomberg Associates. Bloomberg Associates was founded by Michael Bloomberg and it is a philanthropic company that offers international consulting service to assist state and city governments to improve the quality of life of their citizens and residents. Amanda Burden has also served on a number of boards and committees that are geared towards community development.
Amanda Burden’s Biography and Age
Her full name is Amanda Jay Mortimer and she was born on the 18th of January, 1944 in New York City, United States of America. Her mother’s name is Babe Paley and she was popularly known as a socialite. Her father’s name is Stanley Grafton Mortimer Jr. and he is an heir to the Standard Oil assets. Amanda comes from a generation of successful and accomplished individuals. She is the granddaughter of Dr. Harvey Cushing who is a Pulitzer Prize awarded author and is popularly referred to as the ‘Father of American Neurosurgery.’ She is also a direct descendant of John Jay who was the first-ever Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
She grew up alongside her brother whose name is Stanley Grafton Mortimer III. Following the divorce of her parents, her mother got married to a very wealthy man named William Paley, while her father got married to Kathleen Mortimer. Amanda Burden has 5 step-siblings and she’s known to maintain a good relationship with her family. She holds an American Nationality and Caucasian ethnicity.
Concerning her education, she attended Westover School which is a college preparatory school located in Middlebury, Connecticut and after her graduation, attended Wellesley College until she got married to Carter Burden in 1964. Around this time, she also found employment in Harlem as a public school teaching aide. She received a degree in Environmental Science from Sarah Lawrence College in 1976. Not stopping there, this phenomenal woman wrote an award-winning thesis about solid waste management which earned her a Master of Urban Planning from the Columbia University.
The career of Amanda Burden
Amanda Burden’s career began as early as the 1980s when she received mentorship from William H. Whyte, an Urbanologist and the two of them worked side by side on his ‘Project for Public Spaces.’ At this time, Amanda was working as an architect in a firm called Gruzen and Partners.
Moving up the professional ladder, Amanda became the Vice President for Planning and Design within the Battery Park City Authority and while she occupied this office, she maintained the development and subsequent implementation of the design guidelines for the site. The site measured 92 acres and while at it, she also coordinated the design of all open spaces including the waterfront esplanade. She has had quite a number of design projects in the city of New York and some of them include the Red Hook Community Justice Centre and the Middletown Community Court.
In the year 1990, Amanda Burden was appointed by Andrew Stein, the then president of the New York City Council to serve on the New York City Planning Commission. Taking up this appointment, she joined the commission and served as commissioner for 11 years (2002- 2013) under the administration of Mayor Bloomberg. That was the beginning of a rewarding relationship as Amanda has since then become a principal at Bloomberg Associates.
When it comes to her ability to design, Amanda Burden told New York Magazine that her stepfather has had a lot of influence on her skill. She even said that she intentionally chose the same stone (Canadian Black Granite) for her work on the Esplanade, like the one he used for his project “Black Rock” in 1964. This is just one of the many ways in which her stepfather has influenced her projects.
Other Facts about Amanda Burden
What is Her Personal Life Like?
Amanda Burden first got married to Shirley Carter Burden in 1964. Their marriage resulted in two children although the couple got divorced in 1972. In 1979, she got married again to Steven J. Ross and the two got divorced in 1981. She is currently in a relationship with Charlie Rose and has been since 1993.
What is Her Net Worth?
With a long-spanning career like hers, which has included being an architect and a principal at Bloomberg Associates, it won’t be surprising that you would wonder how much she is worth. We have it for you that Amanda Burden has a net worth estimated at a whopping $200 million.
Height and Body Measurements
Amanda Burden is a very beautiful woman even after passing middle age. Sadly, the exact details of her height and weight are not known to the public. However, it’s very certain that she spots a lovely brown colored hair as well as brown eyes.