On Wednesday, February 26, the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) will present the M. Moran Weston II Distinguished Lecture in Urban and Public Policy featuring Felix G. Rohatyn. Rohatyn is a former U.S. Ambassador to France and former Chairman of the Municipal Assistance Corporation (MAC) of the State of New York (1975-1993). He will be discussing New York's Fiscal Crisis: 1975-2003.
Rohatyn currently serves as President of Rohatyn Associates LLC, a firm that he founded in April 2001, which provides financial advice to corporations. Prior to his appointment as the Ambassador in Paris, Mr. Rohatyn was a Managing Director of the investment-banking firm Lazard Freres & Co. LLC in New York, which he joined in 1948, becoming a partner in 1961. While at the Municipal Assistance Corporation (MAC) of the State of New York, he managed the negotiations that enabled New York City to resolve its financial crisis in the late 1970s. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the New York Stock Exchange from 1968 to 1972, and served on the Board of Directors of several NYSE listed corporations.
The event will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the Kellogg Conference Center, International Affairs Building, 15th Floor, 420 West,118th Street. It is free and open to the public.
The Weston Lecture was designed to bring public leaders to SIPA to address the community on important domestic policy issues. Following the inspiration of Dr. Weston, the lectures have focused on pressing concerns such as expanding home ownership and the changing economic base of our cities. Franklin D. Raines, Chief Executive Officer of Fannie Mae, and Andrew Cuomo, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, are former Lecture speakers.