NYU Wagner Alumni e-News - April 2012

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Top News


If you haven't yet, please complete NYU Wagner's first-ever comprehensive alumni survey.  The survey can be accessed online and will be accessible through Friday, April 6, 2012.

We have been surveying our students every other year since 2005 and their feedback has shaped improvements to the curriculum, student activities, communications and the community overall.  For this first-ever alumni survey, your reflective answers with the benefit of distance and hindsight will help us continue to improve in ways that matter for you and all future alumni.

The survey should take 10-20 minutes to complete (and we're hoping to top our most successful student survey response rate of 80%).  We have engaged an outside consulting firm to oversee the survey and synthesize the results and we hope you will be thoughtful and candid in your responses, which will be confidential.

Thank you, in advance, for your participation.


The NYU Wagner Capstone program organizes teams of graduate students to research important issues and address complex organizational challenges. If you are interested in engaging a Capstone Team over the 2012-2013 academic year, we invite you to submit a Capstone Project Proposal for consideration by May 25, 2012. Click here for more information.

Read reflections from Wagner Alumni Capstone Clients:


“As a former student, I found the Capstone project to be one of the highlights of the Wagner program both personally and professionally.  And now, as a Capstone client with Malaria No More, I am able to see firsthand the tremendous impact of the students’ work. Wagner students recently completed a research study in Cameroon investigating the knowledge and practices of fever treatment, which we are using to inform our malaria education and communication efforts in the country. The students’ dedication to the project not only made for a good working experience, but also ensured the quality of their work. ”

– Johanna Fleischman Simon, Malaria No More Program Manager

Wagner alumna, 2010

"Our office has engaged two Capstone teams, and the final deliverables have become the subject of public acclaim, media attention, and the formation of working groups, taskforces and real dialogue on the topics they covered -- eventually resulting in real change and improvement. And, having gone through Capstone as a student, I have a better perspective by which to oversee a Capstone team as a client."

– Andrew Steininger, Director, Capital Budget and Policy Analyst, Office of the Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz
Wagner alumnus, 2010

"The most exciting way I have been involved as an alumna is being the project liaison for a Capstone project this past year. My organization asked the students to come up with innovative solutions and alternative interventions to specific identified issues. I was able to take the students into the field and show them some of our work and how the project could complement the organization's ongoing work. The students that chose our project are really talented and thoughtful, and I am excited to see their research fully actualized."

– Erin Longbothum, Program Manager, Restored Homes HDFC
Wagner alumna, 2009


We are delighted to share with you that the recently released U.S. News & World Report rankings of 266 public affairs master's programs across the country show NYU Wagner tied for 6th overall this year!

The results are thrilling confirmation of Wagner’s upward trajectory.  In the previous survey four years ago, Wagner finished in the top 10 for the first time, having risen from 26th in 2001.  Additionally, Wagner is ranked in the top-10 in six of the specialty categories.

#6 in Public Affairs Schools

#2 in City Management & Urban Policy
#5 in Nonprofit Management
#8 in Health Policy & Management
#8 in Pubic Finance & Budgeting
#8 in Social Policy
#9 in Public Management Administration


Events, Lectures and Regional Events

WHN: Food Policy Round Table
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
6:00pm – 7:00pm
The Puck Building, Jersey Conference Room, 3040
295 Lafayette Street, NYC
For more information, click here.

House Resolution 7 - The Future of Federal Transportation Spending
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
5:00pm – 7:00pm

The Puck Building, Jersey Conference Room, 3040
295 Lafayette Street, NYC

For more information, click here.

Opening Reception at the Gallery Space at Wagner
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
6:00pm – 8:00pm
The Puck Building, Rice Conference Room / Newman Reception Area
295 Layfayette Street, NYC

For more information, click here.

16th Annual Kovner-Behrman Health Forum
Thursday, April 5, 2012
5:30pm – 7:30pm
The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue
295 Lafayette Street, NYC

For more information, click here.

Short Talks, Big Ideas: Transportation at the Tech Frontier
Monday, April 9, 2012
6:30pm – 8:30pm
The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue
295 Lafayette Street, NYC

For more information, click here.

Annual Wagner International Alumni Night
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue
295 Lafayette Street, NYC

For more information or to RSVP, click here.

NYU Wagner Criminal Justice Mixer
Saturday, April 14, 2012
4:30pm - 6:30pm 
Wolf and Deer
74 fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

For more information, click here.

Wagner Alumni in Philanthropy / Fundraising & Development
Wine & Cheese Networking Reception

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
6:30 - 8:00pm
The Puck Building, Rice Conference Room
295 Lafayette Street, NYC

For more information, click here.

Using 'Softer’ Interventions for Technological Innovation in Climate Change
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
4:55pm – 6:35pm
Silver Center, Room 405
100 Washington Square East, NYC

For more information, click here.

2012 Alumni Awards Luncheon
Thursday, April 19, 2012
12:00pm – 2:00pm
The Plaza
770 Fifth Avenue, NYC

For more information, click here.

6th Annual Hannah Engle Memorial Lecture: “Jewish Peoplehood in a Time of Personal Autonomy”
Thursday, April 26, 2012
6:00pm – 8:00pm
The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue
295 Lafayette Street, NYC

For more information, click here.

Young Alumni Reception in Washington, DC
Thursday, April 26, 2012
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Lounge 201
201 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC
For more information, click here.


NYU Alumni Events!

For updated listings and event details, as well as RSVP information, click on the link below.

University-wide Alumni Calendar


Office of Career Services (OCS): Mid - to - Senior Level Job Postings

Wagner's OCS Career Directory is a great resource for alumni looking to take the next step in their career. Here is a sampling of mid- to senior-level postings currently available:

  • Operations Planning Analyst
    Alliance for Downtown New York  (New York, NY)

  • Manager of Individual Giving
    Food Bank For New York City  (New York, NY) 

  • Manager, Donor Relations
    Pew Charitable Trusts  (Washington, DC) 

  • Chief Policy Analyst
    Reinvestment Fund  (Philadelphia, PA) 

  • Program Manager
    Kansas City, Missouri Community Development  (Kansas City, MO) 

  • Senior Associate, Health Team
    PolicyLink (New York, NY)
  • Director of Arts, Culture and Tourism
    City of New Haven, CT (New Haven, CT) 

Log on to the OCS Career Directory for full job descriptions and application instructions online. Be sure to check the Career Directory regularly for a job posting perfect for YOU.


Public Service Spotlight

Vanessa Leon (MUP '10) Vanessa shares her journey in choosing an Urban Planning degree and how she plans to leverage her experiences and eduation to make an impact.

Read more about Vanessa.


Support Wagner with your tax-deductible donation

Did you donate to the Wagner Annual Fund in 2011? Your contribution is tax-deductible!

If you plan to give to Wagner in 2012, consider joining one of Wagner's two giving circles, Friends of Wagner (gifts of $250 or more) or the Dean's Circle (gifts of $1,000 or more). These two donor societies provide special recognition to alumni for their extraordinary generosity and commitment. To learn more, visit our Support Wagner page.

Whether through donations of time or money, we appreciate all the ways alumni give back. Our growth and strength is a testament to your good will. THANK YOU for your support.


Did You Know...?

Updates from fellow Wagnerites!

Natasha Bannan (MPA '06) will be a Fellow with the Center for Reproductive Rights U.S. Legal Program supporting domestic litigation starting this fall.

Alissa Black (MUP '03) is now working for the New America Foundation as the California Civic Innovation Project Director.

Peter Ebright (MUP ‘06) recently joined as Counsel at the law firm Manatt Phelps & Phillips.  In his new role, Peter primarily works on infrastructure construction and government relations.  Peter previously served as Deputy Director of the Special Enforcement Unit at the New York City Department of Buildings.

Cindy Greenberg (MS '05) recently joined the staff of Congregation Beth Elohim as their Program Director.

Susie Lupert (MPA ‘08) recently accepted the position of Executive Director of the American Camp Association. 

Julia Root (MPA '11) is recently accepted an Assistant Consultant position at Crust Young Consultants.

Ira Salom (MS '92) is now the Chief Medical Officer, US Indian Health Service hospital and outpatient facilities in Rosebud, South Dakota.  He has held this post since October 2011.  Before this, Salom served in the administration of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, as Medical Director of Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center and of GHI-HMO.  As a Department of Defense panel member, he provides oversight for the >$57-billion/year drug program of TRICARE health insurance.


Be in the Next "Did You Know...?"


In each issue of the Wagner Alumni e-News, we highlight alumni who are doing interesting work in the public sector. Please share your news with us at wagner.alumni@nyu.edu!