Wagner School Alumni e-News – July 2007

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Wagner Alums in NYC Government Happy Hour: July 19


We all know that Wagner alumni run New York City. Well, it’s time to cut the red tape and network with the Big Apple’s true power brokers. Join us on Thursday, July 19 at a happy hour for alumni working in New York City government. The event will take place from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Pound and Pence, located at 55 Liberty Street, south of City Hall. Bring $10 and your government business card for all-you-can-drink wine and beer. RSVP online.

Allison C. de Cerreño of the Rudin Center on Mayor Bloomberg’s Congestion Pricing Proposal

In anticipation of Mayor Bloomberg's Earth Day announcement of his PlaNYC proposal, NYU Wagner Rudin Center's Director, Dr. Allison C. de Cerreño discussed congestion pricing, one of the more controversial elements of the proposal, in a radio interview for American Public Media's program, Marketplace. To listen, click here.

Hugely Successful “Wave the Flag for Wag” Day Celebration

On June 14 – Flag Day – Wagner alumni joined Dean Schall and other Wagner faculty for a party at B-Bar and Grill. A wide range of alums attended, from recent graduates to retirees, urban planners and city officials to leaders in the health and nonprofit fields – all present because of their passion for public service and for Wagner. Each guest made a contribution to the Wagner Annual Fund to attend the event and enjoyed reconnecting with fellow alums and hearing an update on Wagner from the Dean.

New Wagner Alumni Association Board Announced

Congratulations to the newly elected members of the 2007-2008 WAA Board. The election results for the 07-08 Officers and Board of Directors are now available online. Please visit the WAA Officers and Directors page for a complete list. Thanks to all alumni who participated in the election either by running for office or by casting a vote. A big thank you as well to outgoing board members for their service to Wagner.


Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
July 2007

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

  • July 11, 6 to 7:30 - Wagner alumni happy hour in Washington D.C. With Prof. Dennis Smith. Capital Wine Room, America Restaurant, Union Station. 50 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, DC. RSVP via email to Michaella Holden.
  • July 18, 5:30 to 7 - "Working With You Is Killing Me: Freeing Yourself From Emotional Traps At Work." The Wasserman Center for Career Development. 133 East 13th Street, second floor. Presentation Room A. RSVP to Cheryl Mazlen by July 2.
  • July 19, 5:30 to 7:30 - Wagner Alumni in NYC Government Happy Hour. Pound and Pence, 55 Liberty Street. RSVP online.


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:

  • Program Director,
    Community Partners (California)
  • Senior Associate Consultant,
    Kaiser Permanente (California)
  • Executive Director,
    Habitat for Humanity
  • Administrative Manager, Ambulatory Care,
    Mount Sinai Medical Center
  • Deputy Commissioner,
    NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection
  • Senior Investment Officer,
    PlaNet Finance Corp (Overseas/International)
  • Associate Director – Urban Policy & Planning,
    Rockefeller Foundation
  • Director,
    Smart from the Start (Massachusetts)

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.


Profs. Paul Light and Rogan Kersh to Speak at Nonprofit Leader Summit in New York City

Professor Paul Light will give a talk moderated by Rogan Kersh at the Nonprofit Leader Summit hosted by Wachovia Nonprofit and Philanthropic Services in New York City in September. The talk, on nonprofit reform and the changing dynamics between the federal government and the nonprofit world, will be at 10:30 am on Friday, September 7th.  Registration for the summit is full.


Help us reach a record 1,000 Annual Fund gifts!

While we’ve happily reached our Annual Fund goal of $285K early this year, we’re still reaching for the stars – and for more alumni participation. Now, our goal is to achieve 1,000 gifts before August 31, 2007. We’ve already received over 900 gifts, with 1,000 gifts taking our alumni participation rate to 13%—one of the highest rates at NYU and among our peer schools of public affairs (e.g. Kennedy at Harvard, Woodrow Wilson at Princeton, SIPA at Columbia, etc.) Make an online contribution TODAY! Donations can also be sent by mailing a check (made out to NYU Wagner) to 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl., New York, NY 10012-9604, Attn: Steve Sagner. 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.


Alumni Insights: NYU’s VioletNet

Share your insights with us!

Are you familiar with VioletNet, the university’s online alumni directory on NYU’s central alumni website? If so, do you use it? Why or why not? Let us know by emailing wagner.alumni@nyu.edu with Alumni Insights in the Subject line.

Last month's Insights: New York City government – we’re having a happy hour this month just for alums in this field. Come share more of your insights with fellow alumni on July 19. Details in article above.


Did You Know...?

Patrick George Grant (MS ‘96) was recently elected President of the New York Metropolitan Chapter of Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). Congratulations, Patrick.

Steven Leader (MPA ‘73) has been appointed to the Roster of Neutrals (as Mediator) of the Commercial Division of the State of New York Supreme Court. Congratulations, Steven.

Tony Reed (MPA ‘91) was recently appointed Regional Administrator of the National Capital Region at the U.S. General Services Administration. Congratulations, Tony.

Mihran Sahakyan (MPA-PNP ‘05) is currently the Election Program Coordinator at the USAID Civic Advocacy Support Program implemented by Counterpart International, which supports democratic development of Armenia.

Matthew Summy (MPA-Health ‘97)was named Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy in the Office of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich in January. In this role he directs the development and implementation of major policy and legislative initiatives on behalf of the Governor. Their current focus is adoption of a universal healthcare package that would make healthcare available to everyone in Illinois. Congratulations, Matthew.

Robin White (MPA-PNP ‘01) is now the Federal Legislative Coordinator at the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. Congratulations, Robin.

Be in the next "Did you Know..."

In each Wagner School Alumni e-News 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..."