The Lisa Goldberg Fellowship



Lisa Goldberg, the celebrated president of the Charles H. Revson Foundation and beloved wife of John Sexton, the president of New York University, was a dynamic force in the world of philanthropy and the Jewish community. Prior to her death in 2007, she worked passionately for philanthropic and Jewish issues and organizations. She left a legacy of the visionary and critical role philanthropy can play in both bringing promising ideas to fruition and increasing their impact. She also embodied a deep commitment to public service and to the Jewish community. 

Her legacy is honored in a fellowship established at NYU Wagner for rising leaders in public service who seek careers in philanthropy or Jewish leadership.

The fellowship provides up to 100% tuition reimbursement.  Additional information about the fellowship is below. 


Applicants for the Goldberg Fellowship should display most or all of the following qualities

  • Far-reaching and nuanced intellectual curiosity
  • Passion for learning and problem-solving
  • Playful imagination and enthusiasm for new ways of approaching old problems
  • Thoughtful and articulate communication, both verbal and written
  • Interest in people, their stories, and their experiences
  • Steadfast dedication and emotional maturity
  • Demonstrated success in a first career
  • Love of culture and the arts
  • Tenure in a foreign country and fluency in at least one language beyond English



Details of the Lisa Goldberg Fellowship:

  • Open to MPA, MUP, and EMPA students studying full-time or part-time
  • Up to 100% tuition fellowship
  • Access to a network of professional leaders across sectors: Lisa's life and work touched many people, and she befriended and collaborated on projects with a wide range of philanthropists, consultants, foundations, academics, nonprofit leaders, and policy makers. Many of the individuals with whom Lisa worked and knew contributed to establish the fellowship in her name at NYU Wagner. Now this network of colleagues, friends, and admirers are an incredible resource available to all Goldberg Fellows. Fellows have access to this esteemed cadre of leaders for mentoring, career guidance, internships, and more.