Wagner School Alumni e-News – August 2007

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Barack Obama at NYU Wagner

Barack Obama visited NYU Wagner on July 25, to discuss his ideas about reducing poverty, extending health care coverage widely, and reaching disconnected youth. The event was a Working Cities Forum, a leadership series on the working poor sponsored by the nonprofit Community Service Society of New York (CSS) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The invitation-only dialog with a major presidential candidate was the second in three months at Wagner: on April 23, Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed urban issues in the same setting. A video of the event will be posted in the future at www.cssny.org, where Clinton's appearance can currently be viewed.


Photos from the Alumni in NYC Government Happy Hour!

Wagner alumni representing agencies from across NYC came out in droves on July 19th, networking and enjoying the company of their peers working in city government. View the photos of the event held at Pound and Pence, where a good time was had by all. Stay tuned for the next Wagner Alumni in NYC Government happy hour coming in November!

Prof. Rae Zimmerman Illuminates New York's Subterranean Infrastructure

The fearsome steam pipe blast beneath Lexington Avenue on Wednesday, July 19, provoked a rapid emergency response -- and a surfeit of questions. NYU Wagner Professor Rae Zimmerman stood ready to answer them, fielding inquiries from nearly two dozen local and national media outlets, both TV and print, in the ensuing days. "It's a hostile environment underneath the streets of New York," Professor Zimmerman told The New York Sun. "It's a very dense, crowded area with leaking water, people digging under the streets, and vibration." Zimmerman is a Professor of Planning and Public Administration and Director

NYU Wagner's Bob Shrum Appears on The Colbert Report

Robert Shrum, Senior Fellow at NYU Wagner, went toe-to-toe with the flip, feisty and oh-so formidable host of The Colbert Report about his critically well-received book "No Excuses: Concessions of a Serial Campaigner." Shrum's interview by Stephen Colbert aired on the Comedy Channel at 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, 2007. Shrum was senior advisor to the Kerry-Edwards campaign in 2004, and was described by the Atlantic Monthly as the most sought-after consultant in the Democratic Party. His book was published earlier this year by Simon & Schuster.

Michael Moore Film 'Sicko' Draws Attention to Prof. Victor Rodwin's Expertise on French Health Care

Michael Moore's recent documentary "Sicko" is drawing attention to Professor Victor Rodwin's extensive work on the French health care system. The French system is a complicated blend of private and public financing which, according to a Business Week article in which he is quoted, provides a model that might work in the U.S. Rodwin's book, "Universal Health Insurance in France How Sustainable" -- a collection of essays he organized and which are written by himself and other experts -- was published earlier this year by the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C. Aimed at policymakers in the U.S. and France, the volume grew out of a health care roundtable convened at NYU Wagner.


Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
August/September 2007

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

  • Aug. 6, 6:30 to 8:30pm - WAA Board Meeting. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. For more info, email Michaella Holden.
  • Sept. 11, 12:30 to 2pm - 9/11: 6 Years After. With Gideon Rose, managing editor of Foreign Affairs magazine. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. More info coming soon.
  • Sept. 17, 6:30 to 8:30pm - State of the City. A look at New York City government, sponsored by the Wagner Policy Alliance. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. More info coming soon.
  • Sept. 20, 12:30 to 1:30pm - Conflict Security and Development Series. From Strengthening Livelihoods to Developing Economies - Putting Theory into Practice in Post-Conflict Countries. With Timothy Nourse, Microfinance and Enterprise Development Specialist, Academy for Educational Development. RSVP online
  • Sept. 20, 6 to 7:30pm - Office of International Programs Open House. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl.
  • Sept. 25, 6 to 8pm - NYU Alumni Association Board Meeting. Jeffrey S. Gould Welcome Center. For more info, email Kristen Tegenborg.
  • Sept. 25, 6:30 to 8:30pm - NYU Women's Initiative at Grey Art Gallery. The Geometry of Hope: Latin American Abstract Art. Grey Art Gallery, NYU, 100 Washington Square East. For more info, email Carol Gardner.
  • Sept. 26, 5 to 6:30pm - Managing Global Health Alliances. With adjunct professor Lucille Pilling. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online
  • Sept. 27, 12:30 to 1:30pm - Conflict Security and Development Series. Fighting for Public Health: Rebuilding a Healthcare System in Afghanistan. With Jim Holliman, MD, FACEP, Program Manager, Afghanistan Healthcare Sector Medical Reachback Program.


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:

  • Deputy Director, External Affairs,
    Brooklyn Public Library
  • Country Director,
    Clinton Foundation - HIV/AIDS Initiative (Overseas/Int'l)
  • Director of Real Estate,
    Coalition Homes
    Cancer Service Line Manager,
    Rush University Medical Center (Illinois)
  • Director, Cross-Cultural Communications,
    NYC Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene
  • Strategic Operations Senior Manager,
    NYC Dept. of Small Business Services
  • Senior Policy Advisor,
    NYC Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability
    Project Manager, Affordable Housing Development,
    Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp. (California)

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 News and Ideas of Fellow Grads with Alumni Blogs

Check out what your fellow alums have to say about issues in their respective fields. Steven Josselson (MPA '07) writes analysis of US foreign policy, globalization and economic development in his blog, Troubled Times. Julia Hanah Zoo (MPA '07) writes about her experience as an Advocacy Project Peace Fellow in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia here.

Do you have a blog or know an alum who does? Let us know at wagner.alumni@nyu.edu.


Last Chance to Donate to the 2007 Wagner Annual Fund

We've received 969 gifts to the annual fund so far this year, and we're still shooting for 1,000. We've come this far, can you help us with the final push? To be eligible to count in the 2006 fund, gifts must be made online or postmarked by August 31, 2007. Help us reach this goal by making 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, Attn: Steve Sagner. 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.


Alumni Insights: The Results Are In!

Online Services and Electronic Communications Survey

Thank you to all of you who took our survey regarding online services and electronic communications at Wagner. View the findings here. We will be using your feedback to inform the changes we will be making over the next few months. Look for a brand new format of the Alumni E-News soon. Have a strong opinion about any of the results? Let us know by emailing wagner.alumni@nyu.edu with Alumni Insights in the Subject line.


Did You Know...?

Lizette Cast (MPA-PNP ‘07) is a budget analyst at the NYC Office of Management and Budget, in the Fire unit.

Harriet Cornell (MPA ‘83) was recognized in The Nyack Villager as the first woman to Chair the Rockland County Legislature, a position she has held since January 2005.

Carter Craft (MUP ‘98) was recently featured in the NY Times City Rooms' "Ask the Expert" blog. As the Director of Programs and Policy and a co-founder of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, Carter took questions about waterfront issues in New York City.

Mitchelle Pierre (MPA-Health ‘01) is currently an associate at the law firm of Frier & Levitt, LLC. In this role she represents large physician groups, ambulatory care facilities and other health care entities in contractual and regulatory matters.

Tonya Plear (MPA-PNP ‘07) was hired as Assistant Vice President at The Bank of New York. Congratulations, Tonya.

Shereen Williams (MUP ‘99) is working on the transition team for Michelle Rhee, the new Chancellor of public schools in Washington DC.

Rachel Zinaman (MPA-Health ‘06) was featured on the NBC Nightly News in a clip about eating right for cancer. Congratulations, Rachel.

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..."