NYU Wagner Alumni e-News – December 2008

In This Issue:

Top Stories

Don't miss the WAA's exclusive screening of "HAIR - Let the Sunshine In" followed by a q&a with the director and a wine and cheese reception
Join us for a wonderful documentary celebrating the revolutionary rock musical coming again to Broadway in February - still captivating audiences on its 40th anniversary. Come witness the amazing, transformational power of HAIR's music and politics (watch the film's trailer).  The event is being held as the WAA's annual fundraiser benefiting the Wagner Annual Fund.  Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 at the door) and can be reserved here.

Holiday Happy Hours for Alumni in DC and Bay Area
Alumni living in the San Francisco Bay Area are invited to join Lisa Taylor, Senior Director for Career, Events and Alumni Services, for a relaxed happy hour at Perbacco (230 California Street) on Monday, December 8th at 6pm.  On the same evening, Paul Light will greet alumni in the Washington DC area for a happy hour at James Hoban's on Dupont Circle.  Be sure to to RSVP online: Bay Area / Washington DC.  We hope you can make it!

NYU Wagner hosts the founder of the world's #1 ranked microfinance institution
Shafiqual Chowdhury, the founder of ASA, the world's #1 ranked microfinance institution according to Forbes magazine, visited NYU Wagner in October to share perspectives with students. In his remarks, Chowdhury argued for maintaining a relentless focus on efficiency: by being as efficient as possible in delivering services, costs can come down and profits go up. Only with profits, Chowdhury argued, is massive scale possible. The event was organized by the NYU Microfinance Initiative and supported by the Financial Access Initiative. Read more.






Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
December/January 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:


12/03/2008 - 6:30pm
Domestic Violence as a Human Rights Violation: New Directions for Advocates and Scholars

12/04/2008 - 7pm
WAA Holiday Fundraiser: "HAIR - Let the Sunshine In"

12/05/2008 - 12pm
Urban Transportation in Global Megacities
Highlights from Istanbul, Mexico City, and Seoul

12/09/2008 - 8am
Citizen's Union Breakfast Briefs: Citizens Union Breakfast Brief with Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion

12/11/2008 - 9am
Greening the Empire State: Powering the Future: Nuclear Power

12/11/2008 - 12pm
Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development in Latin America: Does Transparency Lead to Accountability? Lessons from Mexican Civil Society

01/20/2009 - 12pm
Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development in Latin America: Violence, Citizenship and Public Security in Contemporary Latin America

Recent Alumni Happy Hour - More info coming soon.


National Events:

12/08/2008 - 7:30pm
LA NYU Alumni Happy Hour

Washington Wagner Alumni Happy Hour

Bay Area Wagner Alumni Happy Hour

1/12/2009 - 5:30pm
NYU in Sarasota: Alumni Reception

1/13/2009 - 5:30pm
NYU in Boca Raton: Alumni Reception

Wagner Around the US: Alumni Happy Hours
More info coming soon.


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:

  • National Soccer Director,
    America SCORES
  • Executive Director,
    Community Dispute Resolution Center
  • Chief Financial Officer,
    East Side House Settlement
  • Vice President of Development,
    Grameen America (Massachusetts)
  • Researcher,
    Human Rights Watch (Overseas/International)
  • Vice President, Planning,
    MTA Metro-North Railroad
  • Executive Director,
    NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Senior Adviser,

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

Victoria Shire (MPA 2001) is Deputy Director for Neighborhood Initiatives at Enterprise Community Partners in New York. Through her work at Enterprise and in the previous positions she has held, she has had a far-reaching career as she has pursued the answers to questions she studied as an undergraduate philosophy student: how do we make communities better? What are our responsibilities to one another? What are we willing to do to make the community what it ought to be?  Read more.


Alumni Insights: Nonprofit Strategies for Weathering Difficult Economic Times

Share your insights with us!

Professor Paul Light predicted recently that at least 100,000 nonprofits nationwide will be forced to close their doors in the next two years as a result of the financial crisis.  If you work in the nonprofit sector, what is your organization doing to meet the coming challenges?  What resources do you recommend for others or what advice can you offer?  Let us know your thoughts by emailing wagner.alumni@nyu.edu with "Alumni Insights" in the subject line. 


Peace, Hope, Joy, and Wagner

We know you all work hard to make the world a more peaceful, joyous place. As you celebrate the sentiments of the season, we hope you will remember NYU Wagner when making your annual donations. Your gifts support lifelong education and programming opportunities provided for students and alumni alike. Help us respond to your evolving learning and career needs by contributing critical financial support.  You can make an online contribution or mail 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 to all who give back to Wagner, be it through donations of time or money. We appreciate all the support our Alumni and Friends give us.


Did You Know...?

Hella Bel (PHD '05) has taken a new position with the District of Columbia Public Schools as Resident Research Fellow.  Congratulations, Hella.

Erik Dahlberg (MUP '08) has accepted a job as Transportation Economist for the Long Range Planning Group of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.  Congratulations, Erik. 

Margaret DiZerega (MPA '04) is now Director of Training and Technical Assistance at Family Justice.  Congratulations, Margaret.

Mortimer Downey (MPA '66) has been named to President Elect Barack Obama's Trasportation Agency Review Team. 

Michael Johnston (MUP '86) has been named Chief Executive Officer of the United Way of Western Connecticut.  Congratulations, Michael.

Heather Lubov (MPA '99), has been appointed Chief Development Officer and VP for Planning at the Park Avenue Armory.  Congratulations, Heather.

Ross Meyer (MPA '08) has been named Executive Director of the Greater Cincinnati Workforce Network. Congratulations, Ross.

Carlecia Taylor (MPA '03) has been appointed Executive Director for Policy and Planning of the Division of Economic and Financial Opportunity at New York City's Department of Small Business Services. Congratulations, Carlecia.


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

In each issue of the Wagner Alumni e-News, we highlight alumni who are doing interesting work in the public sector. Please share your news with us at wagner.alumni@nyu.edu!