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Join us on the East, West, and Gulf Coasts: D.C. and L.A. Wagner Receptions & APA Conference in New Orleans 
It's time for our annual Admitted Student and Alumni Receptions!  Join us April 19 in Los Angeles or April 29 in Washington, DC and share your passion for public service with fellow Wagner grads and admitted students from your metro area.  If you will be attending the APA Conference in New Orleans, join Wagner alumni and students during the social hour at the Food Systems Planning Social Event & Film Screening on Saturday, April 10 at 6:30pm held at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, 1 Poydras Street - look for Robin Barnes (MPA '98).   And join current planning students at a special NYU Wagner Happy Hour on Monday, April 12 at 6:30pm at Lucy's Retired Surfer's Bar, 701 Tchoupitoulas Street.

Prof. Rodwin and other health policy experts back President Obama's healthcare reform
Victor Rodwin is one of the cosigners of a public letter to President Barack Obama and members of Congress, calling for passage of the president's comprehensive overhaul of the nation's health care system.  "Our health care system is in crisis," the letter begins. At another point it adds, "the only workable process at this point is to use the President's proposal to finish the job."  Read more.

Recent Alumni Eco-Friendly Wine Tasting: April 15
Join the Recent Alumni Committee on Thursday, April 15 at 6:30pm for a tasting led by Candela Prol of Chambers Street Wines, which received the Slow Food NYC "Snail of Approval." Prol will introduce the slow food movement and its manifestation in the wine industry and guide an exploration of carefully selected organic and biodynamic wines. Light snacks will be served as well. $15 fee payable in cash or check at the door. RSVP online.

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, or design and plan initiatives? Become a Capstone client! NYU Wagner is pleased to accept applications for its 2010-2011 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 2010-2011 Proposals: May 28, 2010. For information and proposal guidelines, visit:


Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
April / May 2010

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


New York:

A Tale of Two Cities, and of Climate Change: Future Sea Level Projections in New York and Abu Dhabi

Making Service Part of the American DNA

The 14th Annual Kovner/Behrman Health Forum

The Thinking and Doing Breakfast Series: Building Sustainable Communities: The EPA Agenda

Asian Pacific Americans in Public Service and the Community Career Panel and Networking Reception

Urban Transportation and Planning Doctoral Series Spring 2010: Mike Smart, PhD Candidate

International Movements, Resources, and the Politics of Brazil's Response to HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis

Recent Alumni Eco-Friendly Wine Tasting

IPSA Off-the-Record with Robertson Work

The Middle East and United States Strategy Series Spring 2010: Governance and Development in Southern Afghanistan

Doctoral Series Spring 2010: Gian-Claudia Sciara, Planners and the Pork Barrel: Metropolitan Engagement in and Resistance to Congressional Transportation Earmarking

The Power of Compassion: Book Discussion on THE LIFE YOU CAN SAVE and Interview with author Peter Singer

NYU Reynolds Speaker Series featuring Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU

The 2010 Henry Hart Rice Urban Policy Forum

Fast Trash Symposium: Garbage Collection and the Future of Cities

NYU WAGNER IN LOS ANGELES: Reception for Alumni & Admitted Students

New Orleans:
04/10/2010 - 4/12/2010
NYU Wagner Events at the APA Conference

Washington, DC:
NYU WAGNER IN WASHINGTON: Reception for Admitted Students and Alumni

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 online right now:

  • Director of Health Policy,
    California Academy of Family Physicians (San Francisco)
  • Regional Director for Asia
    CHF International (Silver Spring, Maryland)
  • Housing & Community Development Policy & Planning Director,
    City of Philadelphia
  • Business Analyst,
    Ecological LLC
  • Deputy Director, Monitoring & Evaluation,
    Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
  • Project Manager,
    NYC Economic Development Corporation
  • Chief Program Officer,
    Safe Horizon

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

Last June, after Aaron Ampaw (MPA 2009) was finished with his interview for the Congressional Fellows Program with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), he was not sure whether he would get the fellowship. He had written several essays and secured recommendations from faculty members to get this far in the process, but he knew it was “extremely competitive” and notes, “I had a very intense and challenging interview, and I originally thought that I was not going to be selected.” He describes Washington, DC as “very tough,” and states, “it can be difficult to get plugged into the policy arena here.” Moreover, Ampaw’s field of interest – Energy and Enviornment, is particularly tight knit. He explains that “there is a very small network of professionals in my field and it is very difficult to break through.”

But if there is one thing Ampaw learned outside of the classroom at Wagner, it was “networking, networking, networking,” he says. Since he understood how competitive the CBCF’s fellowship was, he “networked with current fellows at the time [he was applying] and current Wagner faculty who were familiar with the fellowship program. It was imperative for me to gain some knowledge on how I could present myself and produce the best application possible for admission. I did a lot of homework,” he says, “and luckily, it paid off.” Ampaw was selected as one of only three fellows out of a pool of over 100 applications.  Read more.


Alumni Insights: Health Bill 

You share your insights with us!

What's YOUR opinion about the passage of the US Healthcare Bill?  Will it affect your organization in any way?  How will you be moving forward in light of the new legislation?  Let us know at  


Remember Wagner This Tax Season!

Did you donate to the Wagner Annual Fund in 2009? Your contribution is tax-deductible! If you plan to give to Wagner in 2010, 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. Or click here to make a donation online

THANK YOU to all who give back to Wagner, be it through donations of time or money. We appreciate the support our Alumni and Friends give us.


Did You Know...?


Lea Palabrica Rivera (MPA '04) has joined the US State Department as a Foreign Service officer. Congratulations, Lea.

Patrick A. Wehle (MPA ’02) has been appointed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg as his Director of City Legislative Affairs. Congratulations, Patrick.  

Daniel Young (MPA '09) has accepted a new position at Northwestern's Medical School where he will be the Associate Director for Global Health Education.  Congratulations, Daniel.


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