NYU Wagner Alumni e-News – January 2011

In This Issue:


Top Stories

De'Shawn Wright (MPA ’02), Who Advised Newark Mayor, Goes to Washington
After working for more than four years alongside Mayor Cory Booker to improve public education in the City of Newark, NYU Wagner alumnus De'Shawn Wright has garnered an exciting new position in public service -- he has been named the new deputy mayor for education by Washington, D.C., Mayor-elect Vincent Gray. The Mayor-elect was quoted referring to Wright and another new appointee as "top-notch professionals" in policy and management for large and complex urban school systems. Read more.

U.S. Air Force Officer Sylvia Kim (MPA '04) Making a Difference in Africa
Sylvia Kim (MPA ’04) is a medical officer in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Djibouti, eastern Africa. A Los Angeles native, Kim is using her international development background and advanced language skills to communicate with the local population and the Djiboutian government. "My dream is to move on to U.S. Africa Command and stay within this sphere of amazing work and amazing partnerships that we are creating throughout CJTF-HOA and the continent of Africa." Read more


Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
January / February 2011

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

New York:

NYC Alumni Happy Hour

Livability Summit

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

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:

  • Director of Talent and Admission, 
    I Have a Dream Foundation (NYC)
  • Director,
    Children's Aid Society (NYC)
  • President,
    Be the Change (Boston, NYC or Washington, D.C.)
  • Deputy Commissioner, Disease Control,
    Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC)
  • Executive Vice President, Global Jewish Experience and Peoplehood
    Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life (Washington, D.C.)
  • Senior Director of Marketing,
    Human Rights Watch (NYC)
  • Deputy Director of Budget and Fiscal Services,
    Department of Consumer Affairs (NYC)

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

Since April 2010 David Bergman (MPA '02) has been a program officer for the Regional Extension Centers (RECs) in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) at the Department of Health and Human Services. The ONC is charged with the coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and to facilitate and promote the electronic exchange of health information. The goal of the REC program is to help small primary-care providers adopt and meaningfully use electronic health records. “I work with seven REC programs in my region—Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas—providing a lot of advice and asking them strategic questions to make sure they’re collaborating with other state and local partners, reaching out to providers, achieving milestones and submitting required reporting.” Read more.


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Did You Know...?

Nora Abramson (MPA ’08) recently became the director of implementation in the Office of Innovation at the NYC Department of Education, where she’ll be working to roll out a three-year pilot program to innovate classrooms in NYC using technologies that support individualized learning. Congratulations, Nora!

Benjamin Barnes (MUP ’93) has been named secretary of the Office of Policy and Management by Connecticut Gov.-elect Dan Malloy. Ben is currently the operating officer for the Bridgeport Public Schools. Congratulations, Ben!

James Cody (MPA ’81) recently received the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive. He is the director of the Syracuse Veterans Administration Medical Center. Congratulations, James!

Yrthya A. Dinzey-Flores (MPA ’96) was recently appointed chief diversity officer in the Andrew Cuomo administration. Congratulations, Yrthya!

Donna Gambrell (MS ’01) is the director of the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund. Previously, she was a deputy director at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Congratulations, Donna!

Amanda Goltz (MPA ’05) is a senior advisor to the national health care practice at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, and its policy and business advisory unit, Manatt Health Solutions, in the San Francisco office. Congratulations, Amanda!

George Hantgan (MPA ’43) was honored by the UJA-Federation of Northern New Jersey at its Super Sunday fundraising event in December 2010; he was its honorary chairman in 2010, and received a plaque for 60 years of service to the event. Congratulations, George!

Joan Harrigan-Farrelly (MPA '85) is director of the antimicrobials division in the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Congratulations, Joan!

Timothy Higdon (MPA ’08) is chief of external affairs of Girl Scouts of the USA, a position to which he was appointed in November 2010. Congratulations, Timothy!

Malini Krishna (MPA ’08) is vice president of business development with VisionSpring, a New York- and New Dehli-based nonprofit that works to reduce poverty and generate opportunity in the developing world through the sale of affordable eyeglasses. Congratulations, Malini!

Alexander Kvitashvili (MS ’93) is rector (academic chief) of Tbilisi State University. Previously, he was minister of labor, healthcare, and social protection for the country of Georgia. Congratulations, Alexander!

Onesimus Nzabalinda (MS ’97) is head of compliance and risk management with Argus Group Holdings Limited, the largest Bermuda-owned insurance company. Congratulations, Onesimus!

Jessica Barrett Simpson (MPA ’07) started a new job as a program officer with the international and foreign language grant programs at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. Congratulations, Jessica!

Thalia Theodore Washington (MPA ’07) has accepted a new position as the vice president of human capital at DonorsChoose.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting everyday philanthropists directly with public-school students in need. Congratulations, Thalia!


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!