Wagner School Alumni eNews – August 2006

In This Issue:

Top Stories


Wagner Capstone Project makes Local Blogs


The real estate web site curbed.com begins its Aug. 2 item this way: "It's worth following up with those cool kids down at NYU's Wagner School who've cobbled together the proposed redevelopment plan you see above for a vacant, contaminated Gowanus-side plot of land know as Public Place." The Wagner cool kids have also gotten some air time for their project on the blog brooklynramblings. To read more about this great capstone project and the coverage it has received, click here.

In Last Week's Heat Wave, Professor Rae Zimmerman Comments on Energy Conservation

As extreme heat ratcheted up demand for electricity around the United States, Professor Rae Zimmerman told the New York Daily News that conservation measures such as those imposed by New York City can make a difference in sustaining infrastructure. To read her comments, click here.

William T. Grant Foundation Awards 18-month Fellowship at Wagner

Martha Holleman, a senior policy advisor for Baltimore Safe and Sound, an advocacy organization whose mission is to improve the safety and well-being of Baltimore youth, has been awarded an 18-month fellowship at Wagner by the William T. Grant Foundation. To read more, click here.

Public Confidence in Charities has Slipped Since Hurricane Katrina, Remarks Professor Paul Light

Although Katrina compassion has driven disaster donations to record levels, according to the Washington Post, public confidence in the ability of charities to spend money wisely has slipped. To read the article, click here.

Wagner Grad Receives Peace Corps' 2006 Franklin H. Williams Award

Eleven returned Peace Corps volunteers, including Nicole Hewitt, a recent graduate of Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, were awarded the Franklin H. Williams Award at a ceremony in Washington on June 22. Read more.


Events and Regional Activities:
August/September 2006


Talks, Receptions and Seminars


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

  • August 23, 6:30 pm Wagner Alumni Association Board Meeting. Email Lisa Taylor for more information.
  • Sept. 7, 12 to 2:30 pm - 5 Years after 9/11. For more information, go online.
  • Sept. 11, 6:30 to 8:30 pm - Human Rights in Afghanistan. With Wagner Student Erica Isaac and Afifa Azim, Executive Director of Afghan Women's Network. For more information or to register, go online.
  • Sept. 21, 6:30 pm Wagner Alumni Association Board Meeting. Email Lisa Taylor for more information.
  • Sept. 22, 12 to 2 pm - NYU Wagner OCS Resume and Coverletter Writing Workshop. For more info or to register, visit the Career Directory.
  • Sept. 23, 6:30 pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: ALABAMA. Alumni Donor Reception at the Bienville Club. For more information or to register, go online.
  • Sept. 27, 6 to 8 pm -NYU Wagner OCS Interviewing & Salary Negotiation Workshop. For more info or to register, visit the Career Directory.
  • Sept. 28, 6:30 to 8:30 pm - NYU Women's Initiative: Moving Pictures, American Art and Early Film (1880-1910). For more information, contact Carol Gardner.
  • Sept. 28, 7 to 8:30 pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: CHICAGO. Alumni Reception featuring Dean Sally Blount-Lyon, of NYU Stern. For more information, go online.


Office of Career Services (OCS): WAG-NET to replace ACAP

Wagner wants to help you build your networks. The enhanced functionality of the Wagner Career Directory (launched at the start of July) has allowed us to convert Alumni Career Advisement Program (ACAP) to Wag-Net, the Wagner Network.

The new Wag-Net system allows working alumni and student volunteer members to share more information about their organization or job with folks interested in scheduling informational interviews, while retaining the confidentiality of your participation. Look for an email about this transition to Wag-Net in the next few weeks, at which point be sure update your profile online!


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:

  • Senior Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Advocacy and Philanthropy
  • Deputy Director, Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District
  • Director of Mental Health and Social Services, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
  • Senior Health Policy Analyst, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
  • Director of Development and Marketing, New Yorkers for Parks
  • Director of Administration and Finance, Save The Children
  • Executive Director, Sharsheret

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.


Follow up: Our Wagner Student In Afganistan

In May we reported that Wagner student Erica Isaac would be traveling to Afghanistan for the summer, working with the Afghan Women's Network (AWN) on their Violence Against Women campaign. Well, Erica's back and reporting out on her experience. At 6:30 on Sept. 11th, Erica Isaac, AWN's Director of Advocacy, along with Afifa Azim, Executive Director of AWN, will discuss the her and AWN's work in Kabul furthering social justice for women in post-Taliban Afghanistan. Erica's multimedia presentation will feature first-hand narrative of her experiences throughout the county working with women in crisis, including many being held in prison, countless seeking refuge from domestic abuse, and others who are leading the efforts to build community-based support for those in need. Visit Erica's blog at web.mac.com/erica.isaac, and check back on the Wagner Public Events Calendar for more details and to RSVP for this event.


Research Center for Leadership in Action ED Search

Wagner is looking for a new Executive Director for the Research Center for Leadership (RCLA). Under the leadership of two founding Co-Directors, the Center has grown rapidly in the past three years. It began with one large Ford Foundation funded research and documentation project and has become a multi-project $3.5 million a year research center with a highly defined identity and impressive core competencies. The Center has made its name exploring the nature of leadership in the public and nonprofit sectors, including the social justice and advocacy world.

The Dean and the Faculty Director seek a reflective, practitioner partner, deeply steeped in the work of public and civic institutions, who can help the Center flourish in both the not-for-profit and public sectors bringing practitioner wisdom combined with an academic sensibility, suitable academic training and a commitment to the value of rigorous academic work. For a full job description as well as and instructions on how to apply, visit the Wagner Career Directory.


05-06 NYU Wagner Annual Fund Update and Last Call

We're 85% percent of the way to our goal of $275K in Annual Fund donations! Help us reach our target before August 31st. Make an Online Contribution, now! Or, you may also send gifts through the return envelopes that come with the Wagner Update, 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 for the difference you make through your commitment to Wagner. And remember it's not how much you give, but THAT you give!


Did You Know...?

Emily Carrabine-Amato (MPA '02) is a Foundation Fellow at The George Gund Foundation. The George Gund Foundation Fellows program, started in 2004, provides an opportunity for promising young professionals to work inside the Foundation, an organization that plays an active role in supporting the civic life of Greater Cleveland and in various national policy deliberations that impact our community. Each fellow, selected from a nationwide pool of applicants, works at the Foundation for two years. Congratulations, Emily.

Simon Gerson (MUP '06) recently accepted a program analyst position in the Office of Policy of the Office of Community Planning and Development in the US Department of Housing, Preservation and Development. Simon is a Presidential Management Fellow. Congratulations, Simon.

Keith Jones (MPA '03) recently became a Manager with Accenture, where he will be in their Health & Life Sciences Practice, aligned to the Business Process Management Consulting Team. Keith will be overseeing business & technology consulting engagements/teams for the Firm's clients in the healthcare/life sciences space (payers, providers, bio technology companies, pharmaceutical companies, medical equipment development companies etc). Congratulations, Keith.

David Schmid (MPA '05) will be serving as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Commissioner of the Division of Neighborhood Preservation at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Congratulations, David.

Doug Sudell (MPA '06) recently began as Director of Client Support at Social Franchise Ventures, a Washington DC based consultancy. SFV works exclusively with nonprofit organizations through three stages of development to ensure that clients find the right franchise partner, negotiate the best deal, and launch and operate a social franchise that will meet the organization's long term financial and mission goals. Doug is responsible for ensuring the client's have the support necessary for their success with a social franchise. Congratulations, Doug.

De'Shawn Wright (MPA '02) has moved on from the NYC Department of Education into a new role as education advisor to Mayor Cory Booker in Newark, NJ. Congratulations, De'shawn.

Stefanie Zelkind (MPA 06) will be serving as the Director of Youth Philanthropy at the Jewish Funders Network. Congratulations, Stephanie.


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


In each Wagner School Alumni eNews 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..."!