NYU Wagner Alumni e-News – February 2011

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Top Stories

Fourth Annual Multicultural Alumni Reception
Alumni are invited to join Dean Schall, ALAS, APASA, WISS and BSA at the Fourth Annual Multicultural Alumni Reception on Wednesday, February 9, from 6-7:30 pm at the Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street. RSVP today!

For Tom Daschle and Trent Lott, the Answer to Fierce Partisanship is Leadership
Former U.S. Senate leaders Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Trent Lott (R-MS) sized up the often-fractious political climate of today at a public discussion sponsored by NYU Wagner's John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress on Feb. 2, 2011. Rogan Kersh, Wagner professor of public policy and associate dean for academic affairs, moderated. Read more.

Helped by Bill Cosby, the artist Alonzo Adams frames the African-American experience
Alonzo Adams was working by day as a salesman for an electronics and appliance chain and taking art classes in the evening when he unwittingly planted the seeds of his commercial success and acclaim as a painter of the African-American experience. Due to a facilities emergency in the Puck Building, the gallery exhibition, featuring many of Adams's figurative works in oils, originally scheduled for February 1  has been postponed until later this month. The exhibition commemorates Black History Month. Read more about the artist.

Furman Center Releases "15 Years of Research, Analysis and Insight"
Over the past 15 years, the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at NYU Wagner has been committed to the highest standards of interdisciplinary empirical and legal research about housing, land use, real estate, and urban affairs. This report looks back at the Furman Center’s past research, events and reports in four focus areas: Housing Finance and Foreclosures, Affordable Housing, Land Use Regulation, and Neighborhood Change. Read the report.


Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
February / March 2011

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

New York:


State of the City: Homeless Policy & Programs in NYC


The Egyptian Revolution: Collective Leadership or Leadership Void?


Fourth Annual Multicultural Reception

Conflict Security and Development Series: The Youth-Economic Engagement-Conflict Conundrum: Understanding when Economic Interventions May Prevent Youth Violence

Rudin Center Breakfast Series: David Yassky, Commissioner of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission

Conflict Security and Development Series: The Changing Shape of Nationalism in Georgia: Conflict, Narrative and Negligence

Swimming Upstream: Race, Place and the Problem of Persistent Poverty in America

Conflict Security and Development Series: Advocacy and the Internally Displaced: Lessons from the IDP Network in Kenya

The State of Young Black New York: Exploring Multi-dimensions of Black Identity

Conflict Security and Development Series: Towards a Peacebuilding Continuum: Peace, Development and Reconciliation

Rudin Center Breakfast Series: "Why Aviation needs High Speed Rail," with Megan Smirti Ryerson

New Thinking on Transportation and Society Doctoral Research Series: Noah McClain

NYU Alumni Events:
University-wide Alumni Calendar


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 currently available:

  • Senior Director of Marketing,
    Human Rights Watch (NYC)
  • Vice President, Youth Development,
    YMCA of Greater New York (NYC)
  • Executive Director,
    Boston Collegiate Charter Schools (Boston)
  • Chief Marketing and Development Officer,
    Special Olympics International (Washington, D.C.)
  • Executive Director,
    Opus 118 Harlem School of Music (NYC)
  • Senior Policy Analyst,
    Center for Law and Social Policy (Washington, D.C.)
  • Project Director - Policy Team,
    New Teachers Project (Indianapolis, IN)
  • Associate - Public Finance,
    Moody's Investors Services (San Francisco, CA)
  • Deputy Chief Executive Officer,
    Synergos International (Ethiopia)
  • Deputy Director,
    National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (NYC)
  • Managing Director,
    FACE AIDS (Palo Alto, CA)
  • Director of Financial Empowerment Research,
    NYC Department of Consumer Affairs (NYC)
  • Abe Senior Program Assistant,
    Social Science Research Council (Tokyo, Japan)

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.



OCS Career Expo

Register today for the 2011 Public Service Career Expo on Thursday, March 10th!
You are cordially invited to represent your organization at this year's Public Service Career Expo, cosponsored by NYU Wagner and four other prominent public policy institutions from across the United States. As part of the Wagner community, you can best appreciate this excellent opportunity to meet with highly qualified and committed candidates, while raising your organization’s profile among industry peers. Register now to take advantage of the alumni discount!

Employer registration deadline: Friday, February 18. 

Job seeker registration:  All attendees must register in advance via the Career Directory. Select the “Career Fairs” option under the “Events” tab.

** The Public Service Career Expo is open exclusively to students and alumni.  Attendees will be required to present ID and/or resumes verifying their school affiliation at the door.
*** Professional attire is required


Alumni In Action - Public Service Spotlight

Two alums, Sharad Aggarwal (MPA 2008) and Ellen O’Connell (MPA 1990) recently shared about the efforts their organizations are undertaking.  Read more.


Alumni Insights: Volunteer Usage 

You share your insights with us!

Do you use volunteers in your office?  How do you recruit, manage and track them?  What are some of the ways you've made particularly good use of people who are eager to lend a hand?  Let us know at wagner.alumni@nyu.edu.  


Show Your Love for Wagner!

This Valentine's Day show how much you love Wagner by making a contribution to the Wagner Annual Fund. You can donate through an online contribution 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 to all who give back to Wagner. We greatly appreciate the support of our alumni and friends.


Did You Know...?


Jon Chapman (MPA ’10) is an associate at Parson Brinkerhoff in the strategic consultant division. Congratulations, Jon.

Leila Finucane Edmonds (MUP ’99) was recently named the director of national initiatives at NeighborWorks America, the nation’s leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals. Congratulations, Leila.

Lucas Heinkel (MUP ’TK) is a caseworker aiding refugee families for the Church World Service/Overseas Processing Entity, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Congratulations, Lucas.

Lora Krsulich (MPA ’10) is a policy analyst at the Vera Institute of Justice in the cost-benefit analysis unit. Congratulations, Lora.

Christopher Lindahl (MPA ’10) joined Engenderhealth as a knowledge management assistant in the Maternal Health Task Force.

Laurel Molloy (MPA ’02) recently published the second edition of her instructional guidebook, Finally – Outcome Measurement Strategies Anyone Can Understand. Congratulations. Laurel.

Adrian Saldana (MPA ’10) curated the current exhibit at Abrons Art Center, “The West at Sunset,” on view through February 20. Congratulations, Adrian.

Anthony Scolaro (MUP ’97) moved to Phoenix to fill a new position as senior environmental planner in the office of Jacobs Engineering Inc., after more than 15 years at Jacobs’ Morristown, New Jersey, facility. Congratulations, Anthony.

Niketa Sheth (MPA ’07) will be starting as associate director with the Michael J. Fox Foundation this month. Congratulations, Niketa.

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!