Staff Directory


Columbia Event Management is the primary organization at Columbia University to support event planning and execution. Our team of dedicated professionals is here to support you. We manage a variety of on-campus event venues, including Lerner Hall, Low Library, Saint Paul’s Chapel, and Faculty House. Learn more about our promise to the clients with whom we work and the community in which we are a part.

  • Self-employed as a music producer and studio owner for over 30 years, Steve brings an entrepreneurial spirit to Event Management. He has designed, built and operated three recording studios in New York City and has a dogged commitment to quality and customer service. Never satisfied with mediocrity, Steve strives for every endeavor to be succinct and executed flawlessly. 

  • A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Scott’s passion for the hospitality industry extends beyond the dining room. As General Manager of Faculty House Scott oversees hundreds of events each year ranging from weddings and social events to student groups and corporate functions. Scott loves the family feel provided by the Columbia Community and the ability to interact with every client that comes to Faculty House.

    Before joining Columbia, Scott worked for the prestigious Harvard Club of New York and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was able to build his culinary knowledge while working in the kitchens of The Park Avenue Café in New York City and Knickerbocker Country Club in New Jersey.

  • Sanjay brings to the table 27 years of versatile hospitality experience, planning and executing events ranging from large conventions to galas and weddings. He enjoys producing customized offerings, using locally sourced vendors and foods. Sanjay is passionate about collaborating with events and meeting planners within and outside Columbia University. Before joining Columbia, Sanjay worked with Hyatt, Hilton, Millennium and Hotel Plaza Athénée in New York City. Columbia event management supports over 35K events a year for student groups, industry events, meetings and more.

  • Chef Mike is responsible for the overall operations and culinary experience at Columbia University. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Staten Island, he grew up in a home where good food was integral to daily life. He started cooking himself at an early age and later pursued his professional culinary degree at Johnson and Wales University for Culinary Arts in Providence, RI. His experience includes the Intercontinental Hotel in New York City, where he also traveled the hotel’s Asia network; Corporate Foods providing service to clients like Citibank, US Today, and Entertainment Weekly; and Fordham University where he served as the Dining Services Executive Chef for 18 years. 

  • Michael joined Columbia University in March 2017. He is in charge of all catering, menu development, and execution for University Event Management. Prior to Columbia, he has worked in the culinary industry in fine dining, luxury hotels, and restaurants throughout New York. Michael began his culinary expertise when he completed an Apprenticeship under a Master Chef of France. He is a born and raised New Yorker and calls the Bronx home. Michael's love of food started at a young age, and he continues to enjoy cooking for his family. When he's not in the kitchen, he loves photography and travel.

  • Leslie, an alumna of Columbia University, brings over 20 years of experience and extensive knowledge to her role as Assistant Director of Sales. Her eclectic background in events and fashion along with her passion for traveling enable her to produce, dedicate and deliver a truly personalized experience for every client. Her portfolio includes commencement, commercial filming and social, corporate and nonprofit events for various internal and external clients ranging in size from 20-30,000 attendees. She credits her long tenure at the University in part to the collaborative environment fostered at Columbia.

  • A driven Chef who thrives on challenges, Leo Michel crafts innovative dishes to complement each event. He instills in others a passion for excellent cuisine, inspiring his team to pursue perfection. His discipline for the arts can be attributed to the French Culinary Institute and the mentorship of several renowned culinarians. Leo offers more than three decades of experience in the hotel industry and executive dining.

  • Jasmine has a fervent passion for event management. With several years of event planning experience, her portfolio includes conferences, galas, fundraisers, and corporate events ranging in size from 30 - 2,500 attendees. She remains excited about the industry with a continuous thirst to learn and do more. As Assistant Director for Student Events & Outreach, Jasmine serves as the department’s liaison with student groups where she oversees the planning and scheduling for all student events for Columbia Event Management spaces, including outdoors. Jasmine holds a Bachelor of Arts from Temple University and a Masters of Arts from the University of Maryland.

  • David has been with Columbia for over 10 years, having first joined the university as General Manager of Faculty House. In his current role, David oversees events of all sizes and varieties across the Columbia campus. With his extensive knowledge in managing luxury properties around New York City, David provides a critical eye and looks to continue to elevate the guest experience at the thousands of events he oversees each year.  

    David holds a degree in Hotel Restaurant Management from Johnson and Wales University. Before joining Columbia, David gained operational experience at The Drake Swiss Hotel, the Ritz-Carlton and The Righa Hotel as well as serving as Assistant General Manager of the famed Club Macanudo.

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