NYU Wagner Alumni e-News – January 2010

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Join us January 28th for "Wagner Alumni Across the USA!" - Alumni Happy Hours Planned for Multiple Cities
Our third annual "Wagner Alumni Across the USA" night of happy hours will be on January 28th, 2009 when alumni will gather simultaneously in New York City, 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.

Brademas Center report calls for US Arts to enhance America's global image
The 2008 election of Barack Obama has offered an historic opportunity for the restoration of America's image around the world. In January last year, the John Brademas Center of NYU Wagner convened a group of experts to explore the policy implications of a renewed focus on U.S. public diplomacy for American arts and culture, and issued a call for an expansion of international arts and cultural exchanges moving forward. A December 2009 report from the Brademas Center is the result of their deliberations, including those of Wagner's Professor Ruth Ann Stewart, a coauthor of the report. The report, aimed at the President and Congress, is entitled "Moving Forward: A Renewed Role for American Arts and Artists in the Global Age. Read the report.

WagNerds win NYU volleyball championship
The co-ed "WagNerds" volleyball team has won this year's NYU Intramural championship! It accomplished this impressive feat after finishing the semester with a win-loss record of 5-1 in the regular season. It then went on to win five more games -- and captured the 32-team, year-end tournament held in December.  Read more

Message from Muzzy Rosenblatt in follow up to last month's appeal to help alumna Jennifer Jones Austin


If you read the email that was sent last month with a plea from Muzzy Rosenblatt (’92) about helping to save fellow alum Jen Austin's (’97) life, Muzzy has an update.  Read both pieces of correspondence here.  



Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
January / February 2010

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


New York:



White House Fellows Program Information Session

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

Inspiration in Public Service: Celebrating Martin Luther King's Vision

Inspiring Students in an Era of Accountability

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

Rudin Center Symposium: Performance Driven: A New Vision for U.S. Transportation Policy

Conflict Security and Development Series 2010: Taking humanity in war beyond international laws

Wagner Across the USA: Alumni Happy Hours in NYC, DC, LA & SF

Impact or Bias? Measuring Cause and Effect in Jewish Education

Smart Grid For Smart Cities

Conflict Security and Development Series Spring 2010: Prosecuting Genocide, War Crimes, and Crimes against Humanity: The Weaknesses and Strengths of International Justice

Conflict Security and Development Series Spring 2010: Forensic Assessment of Human Rights Violations: Advocacy as a Public Health Measure

Teacher Quality: The Key to Closing the Achievement Gap?

The Thinking and Doing Breakfast Series: The Role of Transportation in Advancing Economic Development Goals

Conflict Security and Development Series Spring 2010: Roma, Pygmies, Uyghurs and Dalits: How the UN Attempts to Protect their Interests

Conflict Security and Development Series Spring 2010: Peacebuilding in Iraq: What Roles Can Universities Play?


NYU Alumni Events:
University-wide Alumni Calendar

National Events:
Wagner Across the USA.  Alumni Happy Hours in DC, LA, SF, NYC.


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:

  • Operations Director,
    Avaaz Foundation
  • Economic Development Associate
    Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation
  • Director of Assessments,
    DC Public Schools (Washington, DC)
  • Director of Development,
    Drum Major Institute for Public Policy
  • Director of Enterprise Data,
    FINCA International (Washington, DC)
  • Assistant Commissioner for Intergovernmental Affairs,
  • NYC Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene   

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 NOW for the 2010 Public Service Career Expo - Thursday, March 11th!
Alumni are cordially invited to represent their organizations and companies at the discounted "alumni rate" at the 2010 Public Service Career Expo, co-sponsored by NYU Wagner and four other nationally prominent Public Policy Institutions from across the US. The Expo is a great opportunity to connect with interested and qualified individuals, while raising your organization’s profile among industry peers. Registration Deadline:  Friday, February 19, 2010

For more info and to register, visit:


Alumni In Action - Public Service Spotlight

AiLun Ku (MPA '08) is NYU Wagner’s new Director of Enrollment Management. In that role, she works with the enrollment management team to devise competitive recruitment strategies and she oversees the application and scholarship awarding process. With the first semester in this position under her belt, the Alumni Relations office asked her to reflect on her own Wagner experience and on what it’s like to be on the other side of the admissions process.  Read what she had to say.


Alumni Insights: Nonprofit Board Development 

You share your insights with us!

Are you currently working on building the board of your nonprofit or healthcare organization?  What has your strategy been and how have you been successful?  What do you think makes a strong board and what are the characteristics of board members that you're still searching for?  Let us know at wagner.alumni@nyu.edu.  


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 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...?


Jordan Anderson and Vaidila Kungys (both MUP '05), who created Ride the City (www.ridethecity.com) which provides safe bike routes for NYC and other cities, recently entered the NYC BigApps competition, which honors useful applications based on NYC free data. Fellow grad Nicole Dooskin writes, "If you like the site, please support it by voting for them in the competition. Public voting for the competition is open until January 7th. You can vote here:  http://www.nycbigapps.com/

Satish Chandra (MS '01) has been working with the UNDP- ASGP programme in Kabul, Afghanistan for last year and a half on assignment as the International Budget and Public Administration Advisor. Satish is on assignment with UNDP from Federal Government of India, and previously worked as their Regional Provident Fund Commissioner, EPFO, MOL, GOI.

Jessica Kiessel (MPA '08) has taken a new position with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) as their Ghana Deputy Country Director. Congratulations, Jessica. 

Chris Manning (MPA '03) has just begun a new position as Director of External Affairs for the Delaware Health Information Network. Congratulations, Chris.

Kathleen Mullin (MUP '05) has taken a new position as Deputy Director of Development at Ready, Willing & Able in Philadelphia.  Congratulations, Kathleen.

Harold B. Pettigrew, Jr. (MUP '05) was named Deputy Director of the Business and Professional Licensing Division for the Washington, D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA). The division is responsible for issuing business and professional licenses, registering and maintaining corporations, and protecting consumers by managing the District’s consumer complaint clearinghouse, investigating unfair trade practices and unlicensed business activity, and inspecting all weighing and measuring devices used by District businesses. Congratulations, Harold.

Jacob Victory (MPA '98) has been promoted to Vice President of Children and Family Services at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. The pediatric division of VNSNY has eight clinical pediatric home care programs serving 10,000 children with complex medical and social needs, annually. Congratulations, Jacob.


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!