Steven A. Cohen
Director of the Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy, Director of the Environmental Policy Studies concentration at the School of International and Public Affairs, and Executive Director and chief operating officer of The Earth Institute at Columbia University

Steven A. Cohen participated in the World Leaders Forum panel, Columbia University and the Global Sustainability Challenge, in October 2008.

Steven Cohen is currently the director of the Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and the executive director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University. From 1998 to 2001 Cohen was the vice dean of Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, and from 1985 to 1998, he was the director of Columbia's Graduate Program in Public Policy and Administration. From 1987 to 1998 Cohen was the associate dean for faculty and curriculum at SIPA.

Dr. Cohen is a graduate of James Madison High School in Brooklyn (1970), Franklin College of Indiana (1974), and the State University of New York at Buffalo (MA, 1977; PhD, 1979). From 1976 to 1977, Cohen was a Ford Foundation Fellow in Urban Environmental Policy, and from 1978 to 1979 he was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in Public and Environmental Policy and Implementation.

Dr. Cohen served as a policy analyst in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1977 to 1978 and from 1980 to 1981, and was consultant to the agency from 1981 to 1991, 1994 to 1996, and from 2005 to 2007. From 1990 to 1994, Cohen served on the board of the Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Affairs. He has also served on the Executive Committee and Committee on Accreditation and Peer Review of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. From 2001 to 2004 he served on the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology. He currently serves on the board of directors of Homes for the Homeless.

Cohen is the author or co-author of ten books on public management and environmental policy. He is the author of The Effective Public Manager (1988), and Understanding Environmental Policy (2006) and the co-author of Environmental Regulation Through Strategic Planning (1991), Total Quality Management in Government (1993), The New Effective Public Manager (1995), Tools for Innovators: Creative Strategies for Managing Public Sector Organizations (1998), The Effective Public Manager (2002, 2008; third and fourth editions), Strategic Planning in Environmental Regulation (2005), and The Responsible Contract Manager (2008).  He has published numerous articles on public management, public ethics, and environmental policy. He is also the author of a blog on The New York Observer green pages; please visit  

Dr. Cohen has taught courses in public management, policy analysis, environmental policy, and management innovation. In 1982 Cohen developed, and until 2001 directed, Columbia's Workshops in Applied Public Management and Applied Policy Analysis, bringing practical professional education into the center of Columbia's public administration curriculum. He has conducted professional training seminars in quality management, strategic planning, project management, and management innovation.

Participated In

Columbia University and the Global Sustainability Challenge

Date: October 23, 2008 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Columbia University Morningside Campus Miller Theatre
Description: President Lee C. Bollinger hosts this World Leaders Forum program, featuring a panel discussion examining environmental stewardship through Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's PlaNYC initiative, Columbia's contributions to the City's sustainable future, and what role New Yorkers play in the global effort. The program will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience.