Founding Board Members

Andrew W. Cooper

Andrew W. Cooper (1927-2002), a beer company employee, became a journalist, a political columnist, then founder of Trans Urban News Service and the City Sun -  a feisty Brooklyn-based weekly that published from 1984-1996. Whether the stories were about Mayor Koch and Rev. Al Sharpton or Howard Beach and Crown Heights, The Daily News Four trial or Spike Lee's filmmaking career, Cooper's City Sun commanded attention and moved officials and readers to action.

Nicholas Katzenbach was admitted to the New Jersey bar in 1950 and the Connecticut bar in 1955. He was an associate in the law firm of Katzenbach, Gildea and Rudner in 1950, was attorney-advisor in the Office of General Counsel to the Secretary of the Air Force from 1950-1952 and was on the faculty of Rutgers School of Law (Newark) from 1950-1951. From 1952-1956, he was an associate professor of law at Yale, and later was a professor of law at the University of Chicago until 1960.

Burke Marshall was appointed assistant attorney general in 1961 by Robert Kennedy, who was attorney general in President John F. Kennedy's administration. After leaving government, Marshall returned to commercial legal practice before becoming a vice president and general counsel at IBM in 1965 where he rose to senior vice president in 1969. He became a deputy dean and professor at Yale Law School when he resigned as assistant attorney aeneral in 1970. In 1986, he was named Nicholas B. Katzenbach Professor of Law at Yale and chaired the Vera Institute of Justice's Board of Trustees from 1966-1986. He also chaired the Center for Employment Opportunities in 1996.

Herbert Sturz served as founding director of The Vera Institute of Justice, as New York City Deputy Mayor for Criminal Justice, and as chairman of the New York City Planning Commission. He was also a member of the editorial board of The New York Times and the recipient of: the Rockefeller Public Service; The Roscoe Pound; National Crime and Delinquency; The August Vollmer; and the American Society of Criminology awards. Sturz now serves as an advisory board member at School of Public Affairs, as a director of Single Stop USA, Inc., as a trustee of the Open Society Institute and as chairman of The After-School Corporation. He represents the Open Society on the board of National Urban Reconstruction and Housing Agency.

Horace N. Morancie

Horace Morancie one of New York City’s most powerful activists of the 1960s and helped lead the Great Society and War on Poverty program creating hundreds of jobs and bringing millions of dollars to devastated Central Brooklyn through the Model Cities Program. Appointed by Mayor John Lindsey, he charted the course developing and managing a comprehensive plan for: housing sanitation; crime prevention; police protection; economic development; education; social services; union organization; and transportation. He is one of the founders of the Urban Resource Institute and has served on its board of trustees since its inception 26 years ago and as its board chair for 20 years.