Wagner School Alumni eNews – December, 2005

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Wagner Students and Alumni Now Eligible for Satter Fund: $250k in Grants Available


NYU Stern’s Stewart Satter Social Entrepreneurship Fund Board has extended eligibility for its fund to now include students and alumni at NYU Wagner. The Satter Fund provides financial and management assistance to start up non-profit organizations and double bottom line companies run by eligible students or alumni. Typical grants range in size from $25,000 to $100,000. The deadline for final proposals for the 2006-2007 grant cycle is February 28, 2006. Letters of inquiry are now being accepted online.

Experts Speak Out at Eminent Domain Panel

In a new collaborative effort, NYU Wagner and the American Planning Association NY Metro Chapter’s co-sponsored a panel discussion on “Eminent Domain and Economic Development: Implications of the New London Court Case” panel this past November 30th. The event was a resounding success, attracting over 60 students, alumni, APA members and guests to learn about the recent Supreme Court decision on eminent domain in Kelo v. City of New London case, and to hear a group of expert discussants theorizing what’s to come. The panel included Dwight H. Merriam, who highlighted excerpts from his new book Eminent Domain Use and Abuse: Kelo in Context, and Jerilyn Perine, former Commissioner for the NYC Dept. of Housing, Preservation and Development. Interested in hearing what was said? Want to find out about the latest updates on eminent domain? Visit the Metro NY chapter of APA's website for more information and for a transcript of the panel (coming soon).

Alumni Speak to Over 300 Students During Career Weeks

The Office of Career Services’ inaugural Career Weeks received tremendous response from students and alumni. Over 300 students participated in career activities with alumni either through individual resume help and informational interviews during Resumania! or by attending one of 13 in-depth career panels discussion with alumni from myriad organizations. Many thanks to our over 50 alumni who gave their time and expertise during these events. Missed Career Weeks? Well, it was such a success that we’re already thinking about next year. If you want to participate, make sure we know you’re interested by becoming an Alumni Career Advisement Program (ACAP) member. Sign up online. Watch the OSC calendar for the next round of Career Weeks!

Light Gives Lessons Learned from Katrina

A new report addressing observations from Hurricane Katrina has been released by Paul C. Light, NYU Wagner's Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service and founding Director of CCPR's Organizational and Community Preparedness Project. Light's report titled: The Katrina Effect on American Preparedness, highlights the lessons Americans learned in watching the Katrina catastrophe unfold. Read the full report.


Events and Regional Activities:
December 2005/January 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.

  • Dec. 6, 12 to 1 pm -Satter Fund Brown Bag Informational Session. Puck Building Mulberry Conference Room. For more information contact John Medina.
  • Dec. 9, 8:30 to 10 am -Fall 2005 Housing and Land Use Policy Breakfast. D'Agostino Hall. RSVP by calling 212-998-6713 or via email.
  • Dec. 14, 6 to 9 pm -The Executive Forum: "What World Do We Live In?" Presented by Delos Smith, President of Delos Smith & Associates. For more information send a request via email.
  • Dec. 16, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm -The NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management and the University Transportation Research Center Present: THE HIGH COST OF FREE PARKING. NYU Kimmel Center. RSVP via email.
  • Jan. 8, 3 to 5 pm -NYU in Your Neighborhood: SANTA MONICA, CA. “Making Connections That Count: A Career-Networking Reception.” Collaboration with George Washington University at Shutters on the Beach hotel. For more click here.
  • Jan. 9, 5 to 7 pm -"The Downtown Show: The New York Art Scene, 1974-1984", Opening Reception and Exhibit. The Fales Library, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library 70 Washington Square South, 3rd Floor. For more information call: 212-998-2596.
  • Jan. 11, 6 to 8 pm -The 8th Annual Alumni of Color Reception. Join us for an evening of networking with fellow alumni through the Office for African American, Latino, and Asian American Student Services. NYU Kimmel Center for University Life. For more information send a request via email.
  • Jan. 15 through 21 -MLK Celebration Week, "From Civil Rights to Social Justice". A week of events celebrating the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For more information go online.
  • Jan. 17, 6 to 8 pm -NYU in Your Neighborhood: DELRAY BEACH, FL. Alumni Donor Reception. NYU President John Sexton will discuss the University’s ever-growing popularity and its stature as one of the most celebrated research universities in the world. For more information go online.
  • Jan. 18, 6 to 8 pm -NYU in Your Neighborhood: BAL HARBOUR, FL. Alumni Donor Reception. Join NYU alumni, parents, and friends for a very special evening of networking and lively conversation with NYU President John Sexton at the home of Milly and Mort (STERN ’54) Nyman. For more information go online.
  • Jan. 24, 6:30 to 8:30 pm -The Non-Profit Network will be hosting a panel discussion on: “Building Community through Social Entrepreneurship." RSVP information coming soon.
  • Jan. 25, 8 to 10 am -PUBLIC SERVICE TODAY: The Future of Health Care in New York State. With David Sandman, Executive Director of the NYS Commission on Health Care in the 21st Century. RSVP information coming soon.
  • Jan. 26, 6 to 9 pm -NYU Women's Initiative presents "The Downtown Show" at NYU's Grey Art Gallery. Reservations can be made via email.
  • Jan. 26, 6:30 to 8:30 pm -FINANCE FRAUD: What you don't know can hurt you: How to be an Ethical Financial Professional in an Age of Ambiguity. Moderated by Professor Steven Finkler. RSVP information coming soon.
  • Jan. 30, 6:30 to 9:30 pm -Hunger, Speed and Weight: The Characteristics of Leadership. Listen to John Isaacson of Isaacson, Miller Inc. share his insights from his 24 years of working with identifying public service leaders on taking your career to the next level and network with other Wagner professionals in public service. RSVP information coming soon.


Office of Career Services: 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:

  • Healthcare Consulting, Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • Internal Management Consultant, Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNS)
  • Ambulatory Care Management, Long Island College Hospital
  • Field Office Director, Save the Children
  • Development Director, Trickle Up
  • Regional Director Major Gift Officer, World Wildlife Fund United States
  • Program Manager, Capital Project Development, New York City Economic Development Corporation
  • Director, Housing Production, Fannie Mae Foundation
  • Vice President for Public Policy, The Municipal Art Society of New York
  • Director of Training and Support Services, The HOPE Program
  • Director of Evaluation & Assessment, The Urban Assembly
  • Vice President, Marks Paneth & Shron
  • Director on Intergovernmental and Community Affairs, Public Advocate for the City of New York
  • Policy Analyst (Education), City of New York Office of the Comptroller

Log on to the OCS Career Director for full job descriptions and application instructions online. Be sure to check the Career Directory regularly for a job posting perfect for YOU.



The Partnership For Innovative Practice is pleased to offer the following courses designed for healthcare leaders.

  • Budgeting for Nurse Managers, January 9-13, 2006, will be presented in three independent modules is a program covering topics in basic and advanced budgeting, including cost analysis for decision-making, zero-based budgeting, cost estimation and forecasting, and break-even analysis. Regular fees range from $415-$1,780. Special Wagner Alumni fees range from $350-$1,520.
  • Project Management for Health Care Leaders, February 9-10, 2006, is two-day program to help current and future health care leaders develop the tools necessary to meet the challenges of offering new services, developing new approaches to streamline existing operations, opening new facilities, and introducing new technologies. Regular Fee: $625. Special Wagner Alumni Fee: $530.

For more information on two programs, please view our Spring 2006 Health Care Leaders Brochure online. Questions? Call 212-998-7508 or visit the Partnership for Innovative Practice online.


YNPN-NYC Seeks Board Members

Do you want to foster the next generation of nonprofit leaders by making nonprofit careers viable for young people? The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of New York (YNPN-NYC) has grown quickly over the past two years, and the Advisory Board’s leadership is critical during this exciting period. The YNPN-NYC Advisory Board is a group of twelve people who provide leadership, direction, and direct volunteer service to the organization, whose constituency is young nonprofit professionals in their 20’s and 30’s. Are you interested in guiding YNPN-NYCs programs and setting organization policies? If so, apply for an open YNPN-NYC Advisory Board position. Please send a cover letter and resume to Francesca Fiore, Membership Chair and current Wagner student, via email. The application deadline has been extended for Wagner alumni to December 7, 2005. To learn more about YNPN-NYC go online.


The Giving Season

During this holiday season, please remember the Wagner School when making your annual donations. Your gifts go to support the lifelong education and programming opportunities Wagner provides for students and alumni alike. Help us respond to your evolving learning and career needs by providing the critical financial support that NYU Wagner needs. You can donate to Wagner in a variety of ways: online, through the return envelopes that come in Wagner mailings, or by mailing a check (made out to New York University) to 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl., New York, NY 10012-9604. Remember to indicate that your gift should go to support the Wagner Annual Fund.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who has given back to Wagner over the years is it through donations of time or money—we appreciate all the support our Alumni and Friends give us.

THANK YOU for the difference you make by supporting NYU Wagner.


Did You Know...?


Evan Albert (MPA '95) is the State Program Director for the Corporation for National and Community Service. As the State Director for the Michigan, Mr. Albert's office coordinates the Americorps VISTA program as well as Learn and Serve and Senior Corps.


Whitney Barrat (MPA '05) is the Project Manager for Denham Wolf Real Estate Services, Inc. a consulting firm that works with a large client base consisting entirely of non-profits, with a particular focus on arts and theater groups.

Tracy Brisson (MPA '01) is the Project Director for the NYC Dept. of Education, Human Resources. Ms. Brisson manages the selection process for NYC public school principals and assistant principals.

Louis Coletti (MPA '77) is the President and CEO of the Building Trades Employers' Association. Mr. Coletti's role is to advocate public policies to spur economic development, to address construction related policies, to facilitate labor management cooperation, and to resolve disputes between unions and construction sites.

Catherine Foley Geib (MPA '01) is the Manager of Juvenile Detention Services for the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch Court Support Services Division. Ms. Geib is responsible for stateside management of juvenile detention programs and services. In addition to programming, health care education, and recreation, Ms. Geib is responsible for strategic planning and interagency coordination with other state agencies.

Arlene Hauben (MPA '94) is the Marketing Development Manager for Broward County Parks and Recreation Division in South Florida.

Joseph Hayes (MPA '97) is the Project Officer for New York University's Office of Sponsored Programs. Mr. Hayes provides assistance to the Director with pre-award activities pertaining to grant and contracts. In addition he serves as liaison with agency, negotiating price, providing supporting documentation, and reviewing contract clauses.

Kyung Jik Hong (MUP '98) is the Director of Alfred Weissman Real Estate Planning and Development. As Director of Planning and Development Team, Mr. Hong supervises and coordinates on the acquisition, planning, and development of activities for retail/commercial real estate projects.

Lynn Kelly (MPA '98) is the Assistant Vice President for the NYC Economic Development Corporation. Ms. Kelly manages a portfolio of approximately 15 real estate/economic development projects for the City of New York, with a concentration in retail, commercial and industrial development.

Susan Kensky (MUP '76) is the Director for the NYC Dept. of Housing, Preservation and Development's Office of Development. As the director of several loan programs that assist both small property owners, Ms. Kensky works with real estate developers to create and maintain affordable housing.

Ekaterine Paresashvili (MPA '05) is working as a Fiscal Program Director with Transparency International Georgia in the country of Georgia. Ms. Paresashvili is supervising two projects: state expenditure monitoring project, and economic governance and public finance project.

Rosalind Ross (MUP '05) is an Asset Management Analyst for Thor Equities, LLC. Ms. Ross works on quantitative and qualitative analysis of retail malls, office, residential and mixed-use assets under management.

Arlene D. Shanklin-Simmons (MPA '81) received the College Teacher of the Year Award from the College for Technology at the Technical Career Institute. Ms. Shanklin-Simmons was also Head Coach of the Year for Women's College Volleyball for the National Junior College Athletic Association for 1999-2000 at TCI.

Christine Toes (MPA '05) is currently working as a real estate agent at Citi Habitats, Inc.

Rich Woller (MPA '86) is the Founder and Owner of Greylock Discovery Tour, a travel company that organizes cultural and other tours throughout the United States.

Florence Zeman (MPA '83) is the Senior Vice President at Moody's Investors Service Public Finance Group. Ms. Zeman manages a group of 10 analysts who are responsible for rating municipal bonds in the housing sector. Ms. Zeman has also developed rating criteria, assigned ratings to credits, and sits on a committee for ratings.

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..."!


Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season! Look for our January 2006 edition on January 9th!