Amanda Burden Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 26 May, 2017
Facts of Amanda Burden
Date of Birth: 1994
Birth Nation: United States of America
Name Amanda Burden
Birth Name Amanda Jay Mortimer Burden
Father Stanley Grafton Mortimer, Jr.
Mother Barbara "Babe" Cushing Mortimer Paley
Nationality American
Ethnicity white
Profession City planner
Boyfriend Charlie Rose (1993–)
Married Yes
Married to Stephen Jay Ross (m. 1979), Shirley Carter Burden, Jr (m. 1964)
Children Shirley Carter Burden, III, Flobelle Fairbanks Burden
Divorce Stephen Jay Ross (1981), Shirley Carter Burden, Jr (1972)
Education Sarah Lawrence College
Awards ULI's J.C.Nichols Prize
Siblings Stanley Grafton Mortimer III; five half-siblings, William Cushing Paley, Kate Cushing Paley, Averell Mortimer, Jay Mortimer, and David Mortimer; and two stepsiblings, Hilary Paley Califano and Jeffrey Paley
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Amanda Jay Mortimer Burden is the principle at Bloomberg Consulting Services, an international consulting service founded by Michael Boomerang as a philanthropic venture to help city governments in order tp improve the quality of life.

Early life and Education

Amanda was born on 1994 in New York City, as Amanda Jay Mortimer. She was raised in different parts of United States. Being one of the offspring of the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, John Jay, Amanda was also the daughter of famous socialist Barbara "Babe" Cushing Mortimer Paley and her first husband Stanley Grafton Mortimer, Jr., of Stanley Oil Company.

Her grandfather Dr. Harvey Cushing was recognized as the "Father of American Neurosurgery” for his research and contribution in the field. Born as the elder of two children, she Stanley Grafton Mortimer III and 5 half-siblings from her mother’s second marriage with William S. Paley.

After graduating from high school, Amanda studied at Wellesley College, until she got married in 1964. Then she studied Environmental Science in Sarah Lawrence College and graduated in 1976 after which she went to Columbia University and earned a Master degree of Urban Planning.

Her thesis on solid waste management was one of a kind and she also received an award for it. Her first work was with the construction firm “Gruzen & Partners” on the task “Project for Public Spaces”.


Amanda Burden's career started when she worked with architecture firm Gruzen & Partners including one of her mentor William H. Whyte who is the urbanologist. 

From 1983-1990 Ms. Bruden was Vice president  for Planning and Design of the Battery Park City AutAuthority. She was responsible for the development and implementation of design guidelines for the 92-acre site as well as overlooking the design of all open spaces and park land. 

She also worked as public school teaching aide in Harlem in the 1960s.

In 2010, the Bloomberg administration unveiled a draft of comprehensive waterfront plan also known as Vision 2020, that includes more than 500 prospective projects costing tens of million dollars.

Personal life

Talking about Amanda’s personal life, she is not seen involved in a lot of affairs and certainly didn’t have much time for that anyways.

There are rumors regarding Amanda’s involvement with TV host and celebrity Charlie Rose and reports say that there two, who began dating since 1993 are still together. Prior to this, she was in precisely two relationships, as both ended in short marriages.

She was first married to a Shirley Carter Burden, Jr. They had two kids together, Shirley Carter Burden III and Flobelle Fairbanks Burden. However, the marriage was not very strong and the couple got divorced in 1972.

Her second husband was Steven Jay Ross; the CEO of Time Warner; the famous telecommunication network in U.S.A. She and Steven were married between 1979 but got divorced soon in 1981.

Net worth 

Having worked for the people on most of her life, Amanda is a good business person, a consultant as well as a writer.

She has been involved in many philanthropic deeds although her work itself was close to the welfare of others. Her reputation and fame are very large if not her net worth, which has not been revealed yet.