NYU Wagner Alumni e-News – December 2009

In This Issue:

Top Stories

New York Times Spotlights NYU Wagner's 'Visual Explorer' Application Tool
Two years ago, NYU Wagner added an optional Visual Explorer essay to its application. This essay provides applicants with an opportunity to offer information about themselves that is not always captured through the standard essay question. Applicants are asked to select and write about a photograph from an archive of two dozen conceptual images. The process draws out their creativity, while grounding them in a moment of reflection about their motivation to study and work in public service. On Nov. 1, 2009, the Education Life supplement of The New York Times spotlighted Wagner's pattern-breaking application tool. Read more.

At NYU Wagner Talk, OMB Director Peter Orszag Describes Remedies for U.S. Deficit
Peter Orszag, Director of the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), talked about the enormous U.S. budget deficit, its primary causes, and its potential implications for health care, higher education, and the career prospects of younger people in an address November 3, 2009 at NYU Wagner. Read more.

Furman Center Releases New Report on Racial Segregation and Subprime Lending
The Furman Center, co-directed by Prof. Ingrid Ellen, released a new report on November 19, 2009, examining the relationship between residential segregation and subprime lending. The study examined whether the likelihood that borrowers of different races received a subprime loan varied depending on the level of racial segregation. It looked both at the role of racial segregation in metropolitan areas across the country and at the role that neighborhood demographics within communities in New York City played.  Read more


Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
Coming in January 2010

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


New York:



After the Financial Crisis: Where do we go from here?  A conversation with grantmakers and fundraisers

The Thinking and Doing Breakfast Series: Innovative Approaches to Parking and Land Use in Urban Areas

Conflict Security and Development Series 2009: Taking humanity in war beyond international laws


NYU Alumni Events:
University-wide Alumni Calendar

National Events:
Save the Date: Wagner Across the USA.  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:

  • Planner,
    NYC Economic Development Corporation
  • Director of Finance,
    Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise
  • President,
    Junior Achievement New York, Inc.
  • Director of Development,
    Net Impact (San Francisco, CA)
  • Country Director - Liberia,
    Mentor Initiative (Monrovia, Liberia)
  • Policy Advisor (Peace Building Support Office)
    United Nations Development Programme

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

Prospective students and current students alike got a glimpse into the lives of several alumni in action this fall as alumni spoke to them at graduate school fairs across the country and at career panels sponsored by the Office of Career Services. During NYU Wagner’s Career Panel weeks in November, over thirty alumni came to back to the school to speak to students about their current work and how they landed their positions in fields ranging from consulting, government, and policy, to direct services, transportation, and arts and culture. Alumni offered tips about how to frame past experiences that have helped hone relevant skills and also provided suggestions on how to use new technology to maintain a competitive edge in the job market. Read more.


Alumni Insights: Online Networking 

You share your insights with us!

Are you a member of the NYU Wagner group on LinkedIn or the Wagner Alumni group on Facebook?  If so, what could we do to enhance these groups as networking tools for you?  What are some aspects that you find most useful on other online groups that you belong to?  Let us know at wagner.alumni@nyu.edu.  


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 the support our Alumni and Friends give us.


Did You Know...?


Emily Amato (MPA '02) was named one of Crain's Cleveland Business's 40 Under 40.  She is director for emerging industires at Cuyahoga Community College's work force and economic development division.  A key part of her work is developing a "green academy" to train people for the next generation of jobs. Congratulations, Emily.

Maria del Carmen Arroyo (MPA '94) was re-elected to the New York City Council.  Congratulations, Maria. 

Chris Levendos (MUP '97) was recently interviewed on NBC's "A Digital Life with Shelly Palmer.  The segment can be viewed on the Media Bytes video box on Palmer's website.

Jason Yoon (MPA '06) and New Urban Arts, the Providence, R.I., nonprofit organization he oversees as executive director, were honored by Michelle Obama at the White House on November 4, 2009. New Urban Arts, an interdisciplinary arts studio and gallery for high school students and emerging artists, was one of 15 youth arts and humanities programs nationwide to garner the prestigious 2009 Coming Up Taller Award from the First Lady Congratulations, Jason.


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!