Wagner School Alumni eNews – July 2006

In This Issue:

Top Stories


'Thinking Outside the Blog' on U.S. Politics and Government


New blogs and online publications about U.S. domestic policy and political strategy prompted commentary from Washington Post op-ed columnist David Broder and words of praise for an article on the health care system written by Jason Furman, a Visiting Scholar at NYU Wagner, a Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and former Special Assistant for Economic Policy in the Clinton Administration. Read more.

Professor Rae Zimmerman Comments on Ground Zero Redevelopment

Wagner's Professor Rae Zimmerman, an expert on urban infrastructure, was sought out for comment about a Newsday/NY1 poll measuring public sentiment about the redevelopment of the former World Trade Center site. Read more.

Adjunct Professor Regina Quattrochi Speaks about Poverty and AIDS

Regina Quattrochi, Wagner Adjunct Professor and CEO of Bailey House, Inc., a supportive housing organization for homeless people living with AIDS, offered valuable expertise and insights in connection with the 25th anniversary of the first diagnosis of the disease. Her observations, which were reported on the June 6, 2006 anniversary, in the newspaper Metro, underscored the links between homelessness and HIV/AIDS infections. Read the article.

Is There a 'Pay-to-Play' Culture in NYC Politics? Capstone Project Presses the Issue

A new Capstone report examines 2005 donations to New York City political campaigns for the Campaign Finance Board, measuring the extent of political influence exerted by contributors. The report by the Wagner student team prompted coverage in the New York Times. Read more (subscription required).

Professor Paul Light Comments on Multiple Congressional Ethics Investigations

Wagner Professor Paul Light's pointed observations this month about the mounting ethics investigations of Members of Congress was widely disseminated by the Associated Press, appearing in the Washington Post and dozens of other newspapers around the country. Read more.


Events and Regional Activities:
July 2006/August 2006


Talks, Receptions, 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.

  • July 13, 6:30 pm - NYU Alumni @ Match Burgers and Martinis in Boston. Join fellow NYU Boston area Alumni at Match Burgers and Martinis for food, drink, and conversation. Send an email for more information.
  • July 15, 11 am to 1 pm - NYU Alumni Club - West Coast of Florida Chapter Planning Meeting. Join fellow alumni from the NYU Alumni Club - West Coast of Florida Chapter at their annual planning meeting. No charge to attend and lunch will be provided. RSVP to the Chapter's president, Craig Behrenfeld, via email.
  • July 19, 6:30 pm - Wagner Alumni Association Board of Directors and Officers Board Meeting. Questions? Email Lisa Taylor, Wagner Alumni Services.
  • July 20, 6:30 to 8:30 pm - Alumni Reception & Faculty Presentation in Westchester, Rye Brook, NY. "Corporate Governance," featuring Professor Bruce Buchanan, Stern School of Business. For more information, call 212.998.0672 or email.


Office of Career Services (OCS): Launched! OCS' New Online Career Directory

Just last Wednesday, Wagner's OCS revealed our brand-new, enhanced online career directory, replacing our old NACELINK system. All users - whether you're a job seeker or a potential employer; Wagner student or Wagner grad - were sent an email notifying you of this system change.

This more sophisticated system, with a savvy new look and feel, offers better services including an online rsvp system, the ability to send and receive job applications online, maintain a history of jobs you've applied to, designate favorite organizations, and much more! We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the new system, and take advantage of what it has to offer (as well as help us make it as useful to you as possible): Visit the New Career Directory.

If you have questions regarding this new system, or have trouble accessing its services, please contact Wagner's OCS via email.


Office of Career Services (OCS): Mid- to Senior-Level Job Postings

Wagner's OCS Career Directory is always 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, Hope Street Group (Colorado)
  • Director of Education, Genocide Intervention Network (Washington, DC)
  • Director of Planning and Operations, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, Inc
  • Social Initiatives Group Consultant, ICICI Bank (India)
  • Executive Director, Lower East Side Business Improvement District
  • Deputy Director, NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Health
  • Vice President of Operations, Operation Respect
  • Director of Communications, Partnership for the Homeless
  • Vice President - Fund Development, Seeds of Peace

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.


2005-2006 NYU Wagner Annual Fund - We're Almost There!

Help us reach our goal of $275,000! We have 2 months left in the NYU Wagner Annual Fund Drive, and still need to raise almost $65,000. Make an Online Contribution TODAY! Donations can also be sent through the return envelopes that come with the Wagner Update, 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 for the difference you make through your commitment to Wagner. And remember it's not how much you give, but THAT you give!


Did You Know...?

Myron Day (MPA '99) is the Chief Executive Officer of Catapolte Development Solutions, Ltd. Co., started in 2003 as a result of Myron's passion for addressing multiple social issues. Myron has worked with a variety of organizations dedicated to social issues including at-risk youth, education, HIV/AIDS and other diseases, child abuse and neglect, divorce, domestic violence, and poverty.

Gwendy Donaker (MPA '06) recently got a job as an IDA Program Manager at Lenders for Community Development in San Jose, CA, where she will be managing their Individual Development Account program (matched savings accounts for asset purchase for over 1,500 low-income families) with a team of 3. Congratulations, Gwendy.

Jennifer Hartmann (MPA '03) is a Network Manager for Aetna where she initiates and leads complex contract negotiations involving over $275 million in annual spending and related costs. In this role, Jennifer works with large health systems, individual hospitals, as well as affiliated hospital-based physician and ancillary providers.

Chris Kunitz (MPA '06) recently started at the Governmental Accountability Office's Professional Development Program, a two-year program that allows new analysts the ability to work on a variety of engagements for different sectors. In his first rotation, Chris is staffed within the Acquisition and Sourcing Management team, which reviews and evaluates the procurement, contracting, and human capital practices for numerous governmental agencies. Congratulations, Chris.

Kirk Leach (MPA '99) is the Deputy Director for Peace Corps Ecuador, managing 20 staff and 140 Peace Corps Volunteers.

Alibeth Somers (MPA '03) is a Lecturer at London South Bank University, in the Faculty of Business, Computing and Information Management. The equivalent of a professor in the UK university system, Alibeth is teaching on a Master in Public Administration programme, and also teaching on a Health Services Management degree. As a researcher, Alibeth specialises in local economic development, local government, civil society, social enterprise, and impact measurement. Aside from teaching and researching, she is also active in developing links between academics, policymakers, and practitioners. Congratulations, Ali.

Jimmy Wong (MPA '04) has been working with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) as a Human Rights Officer under the auspices of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations and Office for the High Commissioner of Human Rights. Jimmy has been based in Jalalabad for the last eight months as a Human Rights Officer for the Eastern region covering Nangarhar, Kunar, Laghman and Nuristan provinces.

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..."!