NYU Wagner Alumni e-News – January 2009

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Join us January 29th for "Wagner Alumni Across the USA!" - Happy Hours Planned for Multiple Cities
Our second annual "Wagner Alumni Across the USA" night of happy hours will be on January 29th, 2009 when alumni will gather simultaneously in New York City, Boston, D.C., Los Angeles and the Bay Area. If you live in one of these regions, don't miss this great chance to join your fellow alumni for conversation and camaraderie and share your Wagner pride. RSVP online.

Professor Jonathan Morduch awarded honorary doctorate from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles
NYU Wagner Professsor Jonathan Morduch spoke before the Centre for European Research in December on "The Microfinance Promise: Banking the Next Billion."  He was also recognized for his work and awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles.  Read more.

RCLA Uses Speed-Dating Model to Help Leaders Learn From Peers Rapidly
RCLA has applied the matchmaking of speed-dating in a new way to allow nonprofit leaders to share resources with peers and at the same time get the knowledge they need to take their organizations to the next level. A new Practice Note provides a step-by-step guide for creating a rapid resource exchange based on what nonprofit leaders have to share and want to learn - in an engaging, fast-paced way.  Read more.



Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
January/February 2009

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


New York:


01/12/2009 - 8am
Citizen's Union Breakfast Briefs: Representative Anthony D. Weiner

01/18/2009 - 7:30pm
The Moral Courage Conversations with Irshad Manji: Salman Rushdie

01/21/2009 - 1pm
From Innovation to Impact Conference

01/23/2009 - 5:30pm
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Race, and Post-Election America: The Fulfillment of the Dream?

01/28/2009 - 12pm
Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development in Latin America: Violence, Citizenship and Public Security in Contemporary Latin America

02/10/2009 - 6:30pm
Reynolds Speaker Series: Peter Thum, Founder of Ethos Water

02/18/2009 - 8pm
The Moral Courage Conversations with Irshad Manji: Christiane Amanpour


National Events:

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

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

1/29/2009 - 5:30pm
Wagner Around the USA: Alumni Happy Hours
Bay Area, Boston, DC, LA, NYC - RSVP Online.

2/11/2009 - 6:30pm
NYU in DC: Alumni Reception

2/11/2009 - 7pm
NYU in LA: Alumni Reception


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:

  • Executive Director,
    Common Cause (Michigan)
  • Chief Development Officer,
    Safe Horizon
  • Emergency Preparedness Planner,
    NYC Dept. of Homeless Services
  • Senior Project Manager, Business Development (int'l),
    NYC Economic Development Corporation
  • Program Manager,
  • Finance and Administrative Officer,
    UN Environment Programme, (Overseas/International)
  • Chief Operating Officer,
    WellStar Health System (Georgia)
  • Executive Director,
    Women's HIV Collaborative of New York

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

Christian DiPalermo (MPA 1992) is the Executive Director of New Yorkers for Parks (NY4P), New York's only city-wide independent advocacy organization for all parks across the five boroughs. He manages a full-time staff of ten - and several interns, who work to ensure the city takes good care of the 29,000 acres of parks, playgrounds and beaches that exist in New York. Read more.


Alumni Insights: New Year's Resolutions

Share your insights with us!

One of the key qualities of strong leadership in public service is the ability to reflect on one's work and make changes moving forward.  What are some things you are resolving to do differently in the New Year?  Let us know the resolutions you think others might find useful by emailing wagner.alumni@nyu.edu with "Alumni Insights" in the subject line. 


Start the New Year Off by Supporting 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.  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...?

Anne Abbott Baumfeld (MPA '05) has been appointed Associate Director of Development at the UCLA School of Public Affairs.  Congratulations, Anne.

Brian Byrd (MPA '99) has taken a position as Deputy Director, Membership and Fellowship Affairs at the Council on Foreign Relations. The Council on Foreign Relations serves as a resource for its members and the broader foreign policy community on the international relations challenges facing the United States and other countries.  Congratulations, Brian.

Amanda Konstam (MPA-PNP '08) has accepted a new position at the NYC Campaign Finance Board doing public relations and debate planning for local elections.  Congratulations, Amanda.

Elizabeth Lenas (MPA-PNP '08) has been promoted from senior attorney to counsel at Cleary Gottlieb. Congratulations, Elizabeth.

Sandra Latchminie Persaud (MS '00), both an alumna and Adjunct Professor, has been appointed Chief, Human Resources Business Process Design at New York City Transit.  Congratulations, Sandra.

Jillian Rubio (MPA '07) has received the new Audubon/Toyota TogetherGreen Fellowship in recognition of her leadership in environmental conservation. Congratulations, Jillian.


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!