NYU Wagner Alumni e-News – April 2008

In This Issue:

Top Stories

NYU Wagner Ranks in Top 10 According to US News & World Report
The U.S. News & World Report rankings of policy schools, which come out only every three or four years, were released March 28, 2008 -- and out of 269 master's programs across the country, NYU Wagner ranks in top 10 overall this year! That's a huge leap forward from Wagner's US News ranking of 17 overall in 2004, and 26 overall in 2001. In addition, NYU Wagner is top-ranked in five of nine specialty areas. The latest rankings are based on a survey of deans, directors and department chairs of master's programs nationally. The survey was completed during 2008. These new results are thrilling confirmation that Wagner is indeed on the rise.


Join Dean Schall for a Family Bar-B-Que at NYU Alumni Day on May 17, 2008
Public service is a family affair! Bring your children and significant others to Alumni Day and join Dean Ellen Schall and fellow Wagner alumni at an outdoor bar-b-que with fun, public-service oriented activities for all ages. Tickets for kids are free! For more information or to register, visit the NYU Alumni Day website.

Professor Bob Shrum Published in New York Times
You may enjoy reading Professor Shrum's latest op-ed piece in the New York Times. The article can be viewed here.


Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
April / May 2008

For updated listings and event details, as well as RSVP information, click on the links below or see the Wagner Alumni Calendar.

New York:

  • Apr. 8, 7 to 8:30pm - Restructuring NJ's Debt & Corzine's Toll Plan. Rudin Forum, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Apr. 9, 6 to 7:30pm - State of the Congressional Elections. Hosted by WPA. Rudin Forum, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Apr. 10, 6:30 to 8:30pm - WeSpeak: Community Voices in Art and Activism. Rudin Forum, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Apr. 10, 6 to 7:30pm - Speakers on the Square: "The Politics of Economic Reform in China and the Implications on US-China Policy with Doug Guthrie. Kimmel Center for University Life, 10th Fl, 60 Washington Sq. RSVP online.
  • Apr. 11, 6 to 8pm - Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: "Rites of Passage or Human Rights Violation?" Rudin Forum, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Apr. 14, 5:30pm - Henry Hart Rice Urban Policy Forum with Anthony Shorris, The Port Authority of NY & NJ. Rudin Forum, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Apr. 14, 6:30 to 8:30pm - WAA Board Meeting. Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. For more info, email Michaella Holden.
  • Apr. 16, 6:15pm to 7:30pm - United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Zalmay Khalilzad: "Meeting the Challenge of Promoting Development Amid Conflict. Rudin Forum, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Apr. 17, 6 to 8pm - Prisons, Police, Race and the War on Drugs. Rudin Forum, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Apr. 18, 1 to 2:30pm - Philanthropy and Politics Series: Progressive Philanthropy and Grassroots Social Justice Organizing. Rudin Forum, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Apr. 21, 6:30 to 8pm - Advocacy and Social Change Series - Looking Back, Looking Forward: 40 years after 1968. Rudin Forum, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Apr. 30, 6 to 9pm - WAA Fundraiser: Viewing & Panel Discussion of "On the Merits." Rudin Forum, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. More info coming soon.
  • May 6, 5pm to 6:30 - Capstone End Event Exhibition. The Puck Building, Grand Ballroom, 293 Lafayette Street entrance.
  • May 17, all day - NYU ALUMNI DAY. For more info, visit the NYU Alumni Day website.

New York: Alumni/Student/Faculty Networking Happy Hours by Program. Reconnect with old professors, network with fellow alumni in your field, and share your expertise with students while you're at it! For more info or to RSVP, click here.

  • Apr. 9, 6 to 7:30pm - International
  • Apr. 16, 6 to 7:30pm - Health
  • Apr. 17, 6 to 7:30pm - Public and Nonprofit
  • Apr. 23, 6 to 7:30pm - NYC Government
  • Apr. 28, 5:30 to 7pm - Urban Planning


  • Apr. 16, 6:30 to 8pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: SEATTLE. "Developing Science at NYU: Could a Plant Save Your Life?" Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave., N., Seattle, WA. For more info, contact Elizabeth Hamilton by email or at (212) 998-6973.
  • Apr. 17, 6:30 to 8pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: SAN FRANCISCO. "Developing Science at NYU: Could a Plant Save Your Life?" Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA. For more info, contact Elizabeth Hamilton by email or at (212) 998-6973.




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 online right now:

  • Executive Director,
    DUMBO Improvement District
  • Public Finance - Associate Director,
    Fitch Ratings (Illinois)
  • Chief Executive Officer,
    Habitat for Humanity of Seattle (Washington)
  • Country Director, Ghana,
    Innovations for Poverty Action (Overseas/International)
  • Senior Associate Consultant,
    Kaiser Permanente (California)
  • Senior Community Planner,
    Lancaster County (Pennsylvania)
  • Executive Director,
    NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

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.


NYU Wagner Capstone Program - Call for Proposals

Do You Need To:

  • Conduct organizational assessments?
  • Evaluate key programs?
  • Address development needs?
  • Write impact statements?
  • Conduct policy analyses?
  • Gather and synthesize empirical data?
  • Look at financial viability, forecasting or financial management?
  • Design and plan initiatives?

Become a Capstone client!

The NYU Wagner is pleased to accept applications for its 2008-2009 Capstone Program. Agencies that wish to enter into a partnership with NYU Wagner are encouraged to complete and submit a Capstone Project Proposal for consideration. Deadline for 2008-2009 Proposals: May 30, 2008. For information and proposal guidelines, visit: http://wagner.nyu.edu/capstone/


Alumni In Action - Public Service Spotlight

“There’s not a day I don’t wake up excited to go to work,” says Michael Haberman, (MPA 2003). He and fellow alumna Melissa Leitman (MPA 2006) both work at PENCIL, a New York City organization that “builds and supports customized relationships between business leaders and principals to inspire innovation and transform public schools.” Though they come from different backgrounds, both Haberman and Leitman were drawn to PENCIL because they believe in the power it has to make an impact on New York City education. Read the full profile.



Alumni Insights: Sustainability

Share your insights with us!

Do you work for a 'green' organization? Or do you maintain an environmentally friendly lifestyle? We are looking for an alum to join us at Alumni Day to help us with an earth-friendly project for kids. If you are interested, please email wagner.alumni@nyu.edu with "Alumni Insights" in the subject line.

Last month's insights - Professional Associations:
Last month we asked you for the names of professional associations that you suggest as good resources for your fellow alumni. Cynthia Freeman recommends the Neighborhood Funders Group for grantmakers and the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy for alumni under 35. David Fields recommends the American Planning Association and Monique Boyce recommends the Project Management Institute. Thanks to all who contributed!


Remember Wagner this Tax Season

Did you give to the Wagner Annual Fund in 2007? Your contribution is tax-deductible! If you plan to give to Wagner in 2008, 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). Established by the Wagner Alumni Association, 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...?


Joseph Chan (MUP '98) has been named one of Crain's "40 Under 40." He is president of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. Congratulations, Joseph.


Patricia Cholewka (MPA '87) published a book in March entitled Health Capital and Sustainable Socioeconomic Development. Congratulations, Patricia.

Robin Deutsch Edwards (MPA-PNP '07) was recently promoted to Senior Account Supervisor at Edelman. Congratulations, Robin.

Camm Epstein (PhD '00) has been appointed vice president of market research at MediMedia, a healthcare communications, publishing and medical education company. Congratulations, Camm.

Elizabeth Klos (MPA '05) has joined The College for Creative Studies as director of annual giving and donor services. Congratulations, Elizabeth.

Christopher Levendos (MUP '97) was recently named Director Engineering & Planning – New York City for Verizon. Christopher oversees an engineering organization of about 350 people responsible for managing the upgrade and capacity of Verizon’s distribution network throughout NYC. His team is also responsible for the design and deployment plans for FiOS in the city. Congratulations, Christopher.

Hope Lyons (MPA-PNP '04) has been promoted to Director at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Congratulations, Hope.

David Sandman (PhD '02) has been named senior vice president at the New York State Health Foundation. Congratulations, David.

Shereen Williams (MUP '99) Is the Director of the Office of Community Partnerships at the District of Columbia Public Schools. She works for Chancellor Michelle Rhee under Mayor Adrian Fenty.


Be in the next "Did you Know..."


In each Wagner School Alumni e-News issue, we highlight alumni who are doing interesting work in the public sector. Please share your professional comings and goings with us at wagner.alumni@nyu.edu, and perhaps you'll be the next alumni "Did you know..."