NYU Wagner Alumni e-News – March 2011

In This Issue:

Top Stories

Wagner Alumni Across the USA
This Thursday, March 10, Wagner alumni in several cities around the country will gather simultaneously for lively happy hours. Join fellow grads for conversation, connection and camaraderie as you share your Wagner pride across the USA! RSVP today!

Richard Brodsky Named Senior Fellow
Richard Brodsky, a highly respected former New York State Assemblyman, has joined NYU Wagner as a senior fellow. Brodsky will work on developing courses and symposia on a variety of public issues, including governance reform of private and public institutions, national and international capital movement between the private and public sectors and other matters reflecting his long experience in government. Read more.

2011 'State of the Borough' Address Spotlights Capstone Program
NYU Wagner's Capstone Program garnered high praise in the State of the Borough address delivered February 24, 2011, by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. "In October," he stated, "New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service chose the Kingsbridge Armory for a study through its highly competitive Capstone Program. The Capstone Program is very well-respected, so much so that multiple city agencies have used its services to design and plan major projects. For several months, Capstone has been providing our task force with valuable support as we move forward on developing a new plan for the Armory." Read more.

Announcing the Wagner Experience Fund
NYU Wagner is pleased to announce the launching of the Wagner Experience Fund. This fund will allow eligible continuing students to apply for $5,000 in funding to pursue an unpaid summer internship related to their career goals.

Professors Receive MacArthur Grant to Help Study Impact of Foreclosures on Children
The MacArthur Foundation has announced support for a multi-disciplinary, cross-university set of researchers, including three from NYU Wagner, to study the enormous instability in the housing arrangements of many American families over the last decade, and the impact of this instability on children. Read more.


Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
March / April 2011

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

New York:

REDLIGHT Film Screening


Rudin Center Breakfast Series: "Why Aviation Needs High- Speed Rail," with Megan Smirti Ryerson

New Thinking on Transportation and Society Doctoral Research Series: Noah McClain

15th Annual Kovner/Behrman Health Forum: Effective Leadership of Healthcare Organizations: Past, Present and Future

Rudin Center Breakfast Series: Mimi Sheller, Director of the New Mobilities Research and Policy Center at Drexel University

Conflict Security and Development Series Spring 2011: Improving Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health in Post-Conflict Settings

New Thinking on Transportation and Society Doctoral Research Series: Eric Goldwyn, Columbiar

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:

  • Policy Associate (National Housing Conference), 
    Center for Housing Policy (Washington, D.C.)
  • Director of Development,
    Weeksville Heritage Center (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Executive Director, 
    Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program, Inc. (PALS), (NYC)
  • Project Associate - Tamale, Ghana,
    Innovations for Poverty Action (Ghana, Africa)
  • Operations Officer,
    International Finance Corporation (IFC) (Delhi, Mumbai or Kolkata, India)
  • Vice President, Development/Communications, MLA Partner Schools,
    On-Ramps (Los Angeles)
  • Head of Mission, UMCOR Afghanistan
    United Methodist Community on Relief (UMCOR) (Kabul, Afghanistan)
  • Executive Director,
    Development Resource Group (DRG) (Cambridge, MA)
  • Director of Operations,
    Credit Where Credit is Due (NYC)
  • Manager of Sustainability,
    Education For Employment Foundation (Washington, D.C.)
  • Special Assistant to the Manhattan Borough President,
    Office of the Manhattan Borough President (NYC)
  • Economist,
    MDRC (Nationwide)
  • President and CEO,
    Arizona’s Children Association (Tucson or Phoenix, AZ)

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.


OCS Career Expo

2011 Public Service Career Expo - Thursday, March 10th

Time: 3 to 6 pm
Location: Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street (between 6th and 7th avenues)
New York, NY 10010

Job seeker registration:  All attendees must register in advance via the Career Directory. Select the “Career Fairs” option under the “Events” tab.

** The Public Service Career Expo is open exclusively to students and alumni. Attendees will be required to present ID and/or resumes verifying their school affiliation at the door.
*** Professional attire is required


Alumni In Action - Public Service Spotlight

Char Woods (EMPA ’10) is a patient advocate the NYU Medical Center. hough I now consider Athens home, I return to New York City every year.” Read more about Char


Spring for Wagner in March - Make a Donation!

This month show how much you love Wagner by making a contribution to the Wagner Annual Fund. You can donate online or 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 to all who give back to Wagner. We greatly appreciate the support of our alumni and friends.


Did You Know...?


Avril David (MUP ’09) recently coauthored a book with fellow Wagner alum, Hyun Sung (MPA ’09). The book, Women in Power at the UN, features stories of resilience and courage from a diverse group of women in positions of senior leadership at the UN. Congratulations, Avril.

Camm Epstein (MPhil ’96) has been named vice president of market access with GfK HealthCare, the largest provider of fully integrated custom health care marketing research in the world. Before joining GfK HealthCare, Epstein built and led a managed markets research practice for MediMedia, a health care marketing and communications firm. Congratulations, Camm.

Tim Farrell (MPA ’10) just joined education nonprofit New Visions for Public Schools as their new senior communications officer. Congratulations, Tim.

Kari Hayden (MPA ’07) is now the senior director, strategic partnerships & sponsorships at Grameen Research, Inc. She is working to promote the soon-to-be-released documentary film, To Catch A Dollar, about Noble Prize–winning professor Muhammad Yunus. Congratulations, Kari.

For the past five years David Levinson (MPA ’84) has been conducting historical ethnographic research on African-American communities in western Massachusetts and northwest Connecticut. His latest book, On the Other Side of Glory - Berkshire Men of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, will be published in June, 2011. Get additional information. Congratulations, David.

Casey Heim (MPA ’10) recently became a business analyst in the Management Consultant Development Program at Accenture. Congratulations, Casey.

Jacob Victory (MPA ’98) was promoted to vice president, performance management projects at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. The role focuses on creating structural efficiencies and reducing expenditures in how clinical operations are functionally supported. Congratulations, Jacob.

Iris Weil (MPA ’80) is a senior manager with the Camden Group, which provides business advisory services to health care clients, and has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. Previously, Ms. Weil was vice president of business operations for Regal Medical Group in Northridge, California. Congratulations, Iris.

Abigail Westbrook (MPA ’09) recently accepted a position as special assistant to the president at Atlantic Philanthropies. Congratulations, Abigail.


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!