Lawrence J. Mone

Lawrence J. Mone has been president of the Manhattan Institute, one of the nation’s most influential public policy think tanks, since 1995. He joined the institute in 1982, serving as a public policy specialist, program director, and vice president, before being named the institute’s fourth president.

A summa cum laude graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, Mone taught high school history in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for several years before earning a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley in 1982.

Under his leadership the Manhattan Institute has sponsored and disseminated research on such topics as tax and economic policy, education, welfare reform, and crime. The institute has expanded its work with civic leaders in New York and across the country to promote free-market solutions to urban policy problems. And it has broadened its focus on the American justice system, examining issues like employment law and class action suits.

In recent years the institute has played a vital role in the debate over issues such as health care and energy. The institute is currently putting forth insightful market-oriented analysis of the financial crisis and proposing pragmatic economic ideas through a variety of national publications as well as the Empire Center for New York State Policy’s Web site,, and a sponsored section on

Source: University Programs and Events Planning Resources, September 2009