Wagner School Alumni eNews – January 2007

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'Amazing Race' contestant and Wagner grad Godwin Cho works to change the world one kind act at a time


Brothers Godwin and Erwin Cho came to be known as good spirited, wacky pranksters when they recently competed on the reality TV show, "The Amazing Race." But their stint on TV was more than just fun and games. Even though they didn't win, the experience moved them to quit their jobs at Blue Shield and start a business that, according to their website, will "fund karmic events (acts of kindness)" benefiting random strangers. During their adventures racing around the world, people they had never met helped Erwin and Godwin everywhere they went. This kindness made a deep impression and through their website, alittlekarma.com, they hope to inspire more people to do kind things for others.

'Legislating for the Future' is Broadcast on CSPAN

NYU Wagner's presence in Washington, D.C. was highlighted on December 15 when the Brookings Institution held the first in a series of conferences dealing with Congress' institutional barriers to legislating for the future. The series was initiated by the John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and cosponsored by The Brookings Institution and RAND Corporation. Led by Wagner professor, Dr. Paul Light, this series is part of his Organizational Performance Initiative.

Read the full article. View "Legislating for the Future" on CSPAN.

NYU Wagner congratulates all grads who were reelected to public office

Last week, several Wagner alumni returned to both the New York State and national legislatures after successfully holding their seats in the recent November elections. Returning to Albany were Vincent Leibell (MPA-PNP '83) (40th S.D.), George Latimer (MPA-PNP '76) (91st A.D.), and Felix Ortiz (MPA-PNP '86) (51st A.D.). U.S. Representative Christopher Shays (MPA-PNP '78) (R-CT), returned to session in Washington as well.

SAVE THE DATE! WAA 3rd Annual Wine & Cheese Tasting Fundraiser: March 1st, 2007

Save the date for the Wagner Alumni Association's Third Annual Wine and Cheese Tasting Fundraiser. This year's event will feature fine selections from Murray's Cheese as well as wines and spirits chosen to compliment the flavor of each cheese pairing. Come to catch up with fellow alumni you haven't seen in a while and give back to Wagner. Proceeds to benefit the Alumni Scholarship Fund.


Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
January/February 2007


Talks, Receptions, Special Events and Seminars


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

  • Jan. 10, 6 to 8 pm - The 9th Annual Alumni of Color Reception. Rosenthal Pavilion, Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South. For more info, email Jessica Gonzalez.
  • Jan. 11, 5:30 to 7:30 pm - Lecture by Jeffrey Saut, "There's Always a Bull Market Somewhere" Hosted by the West Coast of Florida Alumni Chapter. The Centre Club Tampa, 123 South Westshore Blvd., 8th Floor, Tampa, FL. Email for more info.
  • Jan. 13, 7 pm - New York Islanders Alumni Night. Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Long Island. For tickets or for more info, email or call (516) 501-6881.
  • Jan. 17, 6:30 to 8 pm - WAA Board Meeting. For more info, email Michaella Holden.
  • Jan. 17, 7 pm - Martin Luther King, Jr. Week Marquee Event with President John Sexton: "Making a Global Connection with the Dream." Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place. For more info email Kelly Davis or call 212-998-6763.
  • Jan. 18, 12 to 1:30 pm - Keepers of the Dream: Where do we go from here? Panel discussion. The Puck Building, Second Floor Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. Hosted by NYU Wagner's Students of African Descent Alliance Student Group. RSVP online.
  • Jan. 19, 4 to 6 pm - NGO Accountability: Politics, Principles and Innovations. With Lisa Jordan, Ford Foundation. Hosted by Wagner's Office of International Programs. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. For more info, email Katty Jones.
  • Jan. 22, 4:30 to 6 pm - Innovative Connections: Community Development and the Arts. Co-sponsored by Bridge and SNEAC. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Jan. 23, 6:30 to 8:30 pm - Fighting For Air: The Battle to Control America's Media. With author Eric Klinenberg, NYU Wagner Fellow Bob Shrum and NYU Journalism Professor Jay Rosen. The Puck Building, Second Floor Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Jan. 29, 5:30 to 8 pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: BOCA RATON. Boca Raton Country Club, 17751 Boca Club Blvd., Boca Raton, FL. For more info, email or call 212-998-6946.
  • Jan. 30, 6 to 8 pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: FORT LAUDERDALE. The River House, Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL. For more info, call 212-998-6946 or email Elizabeth Sanders.
  • Feb. 1, 4:30 to 6 pm - OPEB: The Other Retirement Cost. Sponsored by the Wagner Finance Society. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Feb. 1, 5 pm - Social Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century Reynolds Speaker Series: Wendy Kopp, Founder and President, Teach for America. Schimmel Auditorium, 40 W. 4th St. RSVP online by 1/25/07.
  • Feb. 1, 6:30 to 8:30 pm - It's How We Live: Branding Strategies for Socially Responsible Organizations. With Mitch Baranowski and Adam Gerston (MPA-PNP '06). Hosted by Wagner Nonprofit Network. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Feb. 7, 6 to 8 pm - Donor Reception for Friends of Wagner and Dean's Circle with Rogan Kersh. The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. By invitation only.
  • Feb. 8, 5:30 to 9 pm - Community Networking Event. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. More details coming soon.
  • Feb. 8, 12:30 to 1:30 pm -Conflict, Security and Development Series: Aid Coordination in the Sudan. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Feb. 10, 7 pm - DC AREA ALUMNI: Washington Capitols v. New York Rangers. Verizon Center, Gallery Place/Chinatown, Washington, DC. Email Harold Pettigrew for more info.
  • Feb. 13, 6:30 to 8 pm - Wagner Gallery Space Art Opening. Featuring an artist from the Steinhardt School. Puck Gallery. 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Floor.
  • Feb. 15, 12:30 to 1:30 pm - Conflict, Security and Development Series - Building a Durable Peace: Transitional Justice in Conflict Situations. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Feb. 15, 4:30 to 6 pm - After the Revolution: The Next Phase of American Foreign Policy. With Strobe Talbott, President of the Brookings Institution. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Feb. 15, 6:30 to 8:30 pm - NYU GHA Migration Panel. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. More details coming soon.
  • Feb. 21, 6:30 to 8 pm - WAA Board Meeting. For more info, email Michaella Holden.
  • Feb. 22, 12:30 to 1:30 pm - Conflict, Security and Development Series: Health and Humanitarian Crises. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Feb. 27, 5:30 to 7 pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: ALBANY DAY. Legislative Office Building, Concourse Level, Albany, NY. For more info, call 212-998-6946 or email Elizabeth Sanders.


Office of Career Services (OCS)

NYU Wagner 2007 Career Fair: Recruit for Your Organization. Looking to hire the perfect candidate? The annual NYU Wagner Career Fair brings together job seekers and representatives of nonprofit organizations; government agencies; hospitals and health organizations; urban planning agencies; international organizations; and private sector companies that have a public sector component for informal meetings with Wagner students and alumni. These contacts can increase your organization's visibility by allowing Wagner students and alumni to gather information about your organization and present and future career options. For more information or to register for a table, please visit the OCS website.

Apply to be a Special Guest Resume Reviewer at the OCS Spring Resumania! Would you like to share your wisdom with current NYU Wagner students who have your same interests? Are you looking for an opportunity to assist future public servants in preparing to enter the workforce?

Give your experienced professional perspective on what employers seek in job candidates!

Join OCS during Resumania! for only a couple of hours on any day from Monday, February 12 to Thursday, February 15. Resumania! connects students with alumni professionals to receive resume reviews and advice.

Please email sharon.reid@nyu.edu or call 212-998-7473 for more details and to indicate interest in a particular date and either a morning (9:30-11:45) or afternoon (1:45-4:00) timeslot.


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, Application & System Development, NYC Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene
  • Executive Director, NYC Economic Development Corporation
  • Major Gifts Officer, Planned Parenthood Golden Gate (San Francisco)
  • Director of Government Affairs, Prospect Park Alliance
  • Executive Director, Self Reliance Foundation (Washington, DC)
  • Massachusetts State Director, Stand for Children (Cambridge, MA)
  • Staff Planner, Tri-State Transportation Campaign

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.


Wagner Summer Institute Courses in Ghana and Amsterdam

NYU Wagner will offer two courses abroad this summer to provide professionals and students with an opportunity to enhance conceptual knowledge, learn and interact with leading experts in the field, and apply new skills in a practical setting.

The new course, "Project, Program and Policy Evaluation in Developing Countries," will be taught by professor Rema Hanna in Accra, Ghana from June 18 - 26.

The "Conflict and Development: Conflict Sensitive Development and Development Sensitive Peacebuilding" course will again be directed by adjunct professor, Allen Zerkin, and will be offered in Amsterdam, Netherlands from June 11 - 16. For more information, visit http://wagner.nyu.edu/global/


"Picture" the Wagner Experience

Wagner has been gathering images for our new Viewbook, which is distributed to prospective students, nonprofit institutions, public officials and prospective Capstone clients. We invite alumni to contribute to our effort to collect definitive photographs that call Wagner to mind. If you have pictures you would like to share, please visit http://www.nyuwagner.net/gallery, create an account, and submit photos of yourself in your workplace, in volunteer settings or during your time at Wagner. We ask that you provide a brief story about why each photograph is significant. We hope you will enjoy sharing photographs with your fellow alumni as well as helping us compile pictures that define Wagner's image. (Please note, as this is a photo sharing site, only post photos for which you have permission.)


Make a Resolution to Support Wagner!

A great way to usher in the New Year is to help Wagner reach our giving goals by making an online contribution at any giving level. Remember, it's not what you give, but THAT you give. Be sure to indicate that your gift should go to support the Wagner School. 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 NYU Wagner) 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, be it through donations of time or money, we appreciate all the support our Alumni and Friends give us.


Did You Know...?

Farid Aghamaliyev (MPA-HPM '05) worked with UNICEF in Azerbaijan after graduating, where he was responsible for nationwide HIV/AIDS and Immunization programs. He is now a Health Policy Officer with ABT Associates in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Caroline Chambre (MPA-PNP '06) is Director of Common Ground Community's The Times Square. Located on West 43rd Street, The Times Square is Common Ground's largest supportive housing program.

Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez (MPA-PNP '83) was nominated by Governor Spitzer to become New York's new Secretary of State. Pending senate confirmation, Lorraine will assume her new post later this month. Congratulations, Lorraine.

Michael Haberman (MPA-PNP '03) was appointed president of PENCIL (Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning) in December and assumed the role on January 2nd. Michael will spearhead the nonprofit organization's efforts to provide quality educational opportunities for every New York City student through partnerships between the business community and schools. Congratulations, Michael.

Rachel Kahn Johnston (MPA-HPM '05) recently accepted a position in the Texas state senate as a senior policy analyst. She will work for newly elected state Senator Carlos Uresti from San Antonio. Congratulations, Rachel.

Lee Edward Koppelman (PHD '70) is a planner, educator, and author who recently took part in SUNY Stony Brook's symposium examining "Leaders in Government."

Matthew Sapolin (MPA-HPM '96) was profiled last fall on NY1's "One on One with Bud Mishkin. Matthew is New York City's first ever commissioner of the Office for People with Disabilities.

Sam Shutman (MPA-HPM '93) was appointed Vice President of Managed Care at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. He will be responsible for the negotiation of managed care contracts and operations. Congratulations, Sam.

Elizabeth St. James (MPA-HPM '01) recently joined Mount Sinai Medical Center as Revenue Cycle Manager in the Department of Surgery. Congratulations, Elizabeth.

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..."!