NYU Wagner Alumni e-News - July / August 2011

In This Issue:

Top Stories and Events

NYU Wagner's Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service (FELPS)

Deadline: August 30, 2011 - 12:00 pm
Alums, please help us identify promising public service leaders for an NYU Wagner Fellowship!
NYU Wagner’s Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service is now accepting applications from early career public service professionals for the 2012 Class. Through twice-monthly evening workshops over seven months, a diverse group of 30 recent college graduates has the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and practices, hear from top experts in public service, receive ongoing mentorship, deepen their understanding of the field, craft a career plan, and build a support network. Applicants must be working full-time in public service in NYC, and most will not have attended graduate school yet. The program is sponsored by the Research Center for Leadership in Action at NYU Wagner, and there is no cost to apply or participate. Applications are due by noon EST on Tuesday, August 30, 2011.  More information is at http://wagner.nyu.edu/felps

Announcing the Fundraising Book Club!

This newly formed Fundraising Book Club meets periodically to read about fundraising and discuss it in a *relaxed* atmosphere.  The goal of the group is to broaden fundraising skills, offer an opportunity to meet and network with like-minded professionals and exchange advice on current fundraising issues we are personally facing.  All levels of fundraisers are welcome! 

Interested in joining this group?  Please e-mail Jennifer Lex at cairo777@yahoo.com and inase include the following information:
Any additional fundraising book suggestions (please include author’s name) you may have:

Become a member of the Wagner Network (WAG-NET)!

The Wagner Network, or WAG-NET is an online database of alumni who volunteer to speak with students and other alumni about their professional paths and provide career advice through informational interviews, career panels and other career development events.

To learn more about how to leverage WAG-NET to boost your own career visit our WAG-NET page.

If you'd like to join WAG-NET and become a career advisor yourself, click here to learn more, or simply complete the WAG-NET Registration/Information Update form!


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

NYU Alumni Events!

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:

  • Brazil Director
    Human Rights Watch (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  • Director of Development 
    Accion International (Boston, MA)
  • Vice President, Programs
    American Liver Foundation (New York, NY)
  • Executive Director
    Centre for Micro Finance (Chennai, India)
  • Director of Project Implementation
    NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) (New York, NY)
  • Deputy Director of Land Use, Planning, & Development
    Office of the Manhattan Borough President (New York, NY)
  • Planning and Development Director
    Sound Transit (Seattle, WA)
  • Chief Operating Officer
    Brennan Center for Justice (New York, NY)

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.



Alumni In Action - Public Service Spotlight

Brent J. Cohen (MPA '09) As the Director of Legislative and Government Affairs for the New York City Department of Probation, Brent Cohen advances the agency’s priorities through legislation and inter-governmental relationships.  The NYC Department of Probation helps build stronger and safer communities by supervising people on probation and fostering opportunities for them to move out of the criminal justice system through meaningful education, employment, health services, family engagement and community participation.

Brent's responsibilities include: developing and advancing the agency’s legislative package; analyzing external legislation and recommending the agency’s response; maintaining working relationships with elected officials; and, preparing testimony for City Council hearings.  He also serves as the principal contact on national, statewide, and inter-state issues. Read more about Brent.


You still have time to Donate to the 2011 Wagner Annual Fund

We're still working toward our goal to continue to increase giving for the Wagner Annual Fund. Can you help us with the final push? For your gift to be eligible for 2011 fund, gifts must be made online or postmarked by August 31, 2011. Help us reach our goal by submitting an online contribution today! Donations can also be sent by mailing a check (made out to NYU Wagner) to 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl., New York, NY 10012-9604. Please indicate that your gift should go to support the Wagner Annual Fund!

THANK YOU for the difference you make by supporting NYU Wagner.


Did You Know...?

Upates from fellow Wagnerites!

Mary (Molly) E. Butler (MPA ’10) accepted a promotion, and will be serving as Interim Director of the McNair Scholars Program at The College of St. Scholastica. McNair Scholars Program is a federally funded program designed to increase access to graduate school for low income, first generation and/or underrepresented undergraduates.

Robert A. Cropf (MPA '85, PhD '91) had two books published this spring: The Public Administration Casebook (with Jennifer Giancola and Kirsten Loutzenhiser), published by Longman and Information and Communication Technologies and The Virtual Public Sphere (with Scott Krummenacher), published by IGI, Global.

Kristy Grammer (MPA ’09) was recently promoted to Director of Government Contracts & Program Development at Good Shepherd Services (GSS). In her new position, Kristy will oversee the development and management of all government proposals and contracts. GSS is a leading NYC youth development, education and family service agency serving over 23,000 program participants a year. Its annual $62 million dollar budget includes approximately 160 city, state and federal government contracts.

Tovit Schultz Granoff (MPA ’04) has joined the green cleaning products company, Dapple, as Director of Strategic Development.  This is a newly created position.

Josh Keller (MPA ’02) is now the Assistant Director of Grants Administration and Business Operations in the Office of Faculty Resources at New York University.

Michael Kodransky (MUP '08), Global Research Manager at the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy in New York, is quoted in this New York Times article: Across Europe, Irking Drivers Is Urban Policy.  Click here to read full article.

Alexandra Kuperman (MPA ’07) accepted the Project Leader position for Katimavik's Eco-citizenship and Active Living program in Ottawa, Canada.

Patrick McCandless (MUP ’10) recently accepted a position at the MTA's Inspector General's Office.

Chelsea (Scott) Rao (MPA ’11) started a new position with the New York City Economic Development Corporation.  Well done Chelsea!

Seth Rosen (MPA ’05) accepted the position of Managing Director of Development at GMHC. In this position, Seth will oversee all of the organization's fundraising and serve on the senior management team.

Catherine Ward (MPA ’09) was promoted to Director, NYC Business Solutions and Business Education at NYC Department of Small Business Services Greater New York City Area Government Administration

Alissa Vladimir (MPA ’10) accepted a Program Associate position at BRAC USA.


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!