Wagner School Alumni eNews – July, 2005

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Wagner Hires Two New International Faculty


In September 2004, Wagner launched international specializations in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Urban Planning (MUP) degree programs. Professor Paul Smoke, Director of International Programs says, "With the international specializations in place, we are expanding our faculty, staff and course offerings." Wagner is pleased to announce the hire of two new assistant professors: Rema Hanna and Natasha Iskander. Read more.

Wagner Professor Paul Light Pens Op-Ed for The New York Times

In an op-ed for the The New York Times, Wagner professor Paul Light writes that objections to the delaying tactics of the filibuster are not met with similar complaints about tactics that accelerate legislation. "Absent the threat of war," Light writes, "history actually suggests that the founders would prefer the filibuster" to less transparent activity by conference and joint committees seeking to pass legislation."

Catherine Reynolds Gives $10 Million For NYU Program in Social Entrepreneurship

New York University announced that it has received $10 million from the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation to create a program in social entrepreneurship that will ultimately provide fellowships for 23 graduate students and scholarships for 20 juniors and seniors each year. Administered by NYU Wagner, the program will begin in fall 2006. Read more.

Wagner Professor Jason Furman Testifies on Social Security Reform Before U.S Senate Subcommittee

Wagner Professor Jason Furman testified before the Subcommittee on Securities and Investment of the U.S Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. Furman's testimony, "The Financial Costs of Individual Accounts," outlines the potential costs and drawbacks to the proposed privatization of Social Security. "Establishing over 100 million voluntary individual accounts," writes Furman, "would complicate the system and be substantially less efficient than the current system." Read his testimony online.


Events and Regional Activities:
July/August 2005


Talks, Receptions and Seminars


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

  • July 19, 6:00 - 7:30 pm Trends in Organized Crime and Their Impact on the Post-Bubble Japanese Economy (RSVP online)


Office of Career Services: 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:

  • Regional Director-West Coast, American India Foundation
  • Senior Director-Communications and Media Advocacy, American Cancer Society
  • Director of Economic Development, Union Square Partnership
  • Senior Vice President-Programs and New Initiatives, The Partnership for the Homeless
  • Chief Information Officer, Community Health Care Association of New York State
  • Senior Program Officer, Developing Country Advocacy, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Deputy Director for Program-Washington DC, New Leaders for New Schools
  • Senior Director, Corporate Partnerships, ASPCA
  • Campaign Director (Vice President), Accion International
  • Deputy Executive Director, Finance, Joint Action in Community Service, Inc. (JACS)

Log on to the OCS Career Director for full job descriptions and application instructions online. Be sure to check the Career Directory regularly for a job posting perfect for YOU.


Work for Wagner

Remember what a great time you had as a student at Wagner? Perhaps you want to find out what its like to WORK for Wagner! Wagner has a number of job openings currently available - from the director of the new social entrepreneurship scholarship program to an administrator in the admissions office. Visit the NYU Human Resources site to find out more about these and other exciting opportunities in academia.



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Did You Know...?


Satish Chandra (MS '01) works for the Federal Government of India within the Labour and Employment Ministry in the Social Security Administration.


Jeremy Kranowitz (MPA '97) is an Associate and Congressional Liaison at The Keystone Center, a conflict resolution and education organization that works with multiple stakeholders to find consensus on difficult public policy disputes in energy, environment, and public health fields.

oyeshola olatoye (MPA '01) was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of the Bill T. Jones Dance Company. Congratulations, Shola.

Nancy Pinkin (MPA '80) is the Vice President for Government Relations of the NJ Council of Teaching Hospitals. In this role, Nancy serves as a full time lobbyist for state and federal legislative, regulatory and policy issues related to teaching hospitals.

M. James Riordan (MPA '93) recently joined the consulting firm Fuss & O'Neill as a project manager and director of water resources projects in the Providence, RI offices. This includes work on nonpoint source management, wastewater management and stormwater management. In April, James received an Environmental Merit Award from EPA Region I for work on stormwater management. Congratulations, James.

Po Chun Tsui (MUP '99) is an Assistant S4 for the 36th Engineer Group (Maneuver Enhancement Brigade) for the United States Army. Currently deployed to Camp Liberty, Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Po is responsible for the acquisition, procurement, resourcing and distribution of construction materials for 3 engineer construction Battalions in two different Forward Operating Bases; works with Iraqi contractors to secure supplies in accordance to contractual agreement with the U.S. government and manages a Class IV materials yard in excess of 30 million dollars.

Kevin Welch (MPA '97) is the Park Manager in the Bullards Beach Management Unit for the State of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. In this position, Kevin manages eight properties along the south coast including ten miles of Pacific Ocean beach and one of the nine surviving Oregon lighthouses. Kevin is responsible for all facets of operation, interpretation, finance, planning, cultural and historic preservation of these properties.

Nellie Yeretsian-Yacoubian (MPA '05) was hired for Special Projects in the Internal Medicine Department of the Briham and Women's Hospital in Massachusetts. Congratulations, Nellie.

Be 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..."!