Wagner School Alumni e-News – June 2007

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Kick Off Summer With Parties Just for Wagner Alumni -
2 Weeks in a Row:



Dean Ellen Schall and the WAA Board invite you to the
Wagner Alumni Association Annual Meeting and Celebration for New Grads on Wednesday, June 6, from 6:30 to 8 pm. Don't miss your chance to cast your vote in the WAA elections for the 2007-2008 term, network with new graduates, colleagues and peers, and honor the 2007 Torch and Westmeyer Award winners: De'Shawn Wright, 2002 and Flores Forbes, 1989.

We also hope you'll join us for 'Wave the Flag for Wag' Day: a Celebration and Salute to Wagner Alumni, on Thursday, June 14, from 5 to 7 pm on The Patio at B Bar and Grill. Cocktail reception and hors d'oeuvres, open bar and raffle prizes. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds go to the Wagner Annual Fund.

More details can be found under the event listings below. To reply online for both events, visit: http://wagner.nyu.edu/events/


Voting Now Open in the WAA Board Elections

The 2007 WAA Board Elections for the 2007-2008 term are well underway. Candidates have been nominated, their candidate statements have been posted online and voting is currently open. Get more info about the WAA Board and its mission, read the candidate's biographies and statements and cast your votes (online or by mail or fax) by visiting the WAA Elections Webpage. Click here to go directly to the ballot.

Bob Shrum to Discuss New Book, "No Excuses: Concessions of a Serial Campaigner"

On Tuesday, June 12, senior fellow at Wagner and a veteran political consultant, Bob Shrum will discuss his eagerly anticipated book, "No Excuses: Concessions of a Serial Campaigner," which Publishers Weekly described as a "frequently gripping memoir." This history of Robert Shrum�s professional experiences in American politics covers three decades, from his time as a speechwriter for John Lindsay to his work as a campaign strategist for John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. The discussion will begin at 6:00 pm and will be followed by a reception and book signing. RSVP online.

Convocation at the Apollo

More than 250 graduate candidates and their families and friends filled the plush red seats in the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem on May 11 for the 2007 NYU Wagner Convocation. Among the speakers were NYU President John Sexton; Doug Palmer, the mayor of Trenton, N.J. and president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors; and the Hon. David Dinkins, former mayor of New York City. In honor of the ceremony's unique location, the graduates processed out of the theater following a marching, eight-piece brass band, that played "Take the A Train" and led them to a reception at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building Plaza.

Prof. Rodwin's Work on World Cities and Population Aging is Highlighted

"What do New York, London, Paris, and Tokyo have in common? A lot, it turns out." So begins the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's new profile of NYU Wagner Prof. Victor Rodwin's research on world cities, titled "How Are World Cities Responding to the Challenges of Population Aging?" Prof. Rodwin is their featured researcher in their "Research in Profile" series for May, 2007. Meanwhile, Prof. Rodwin was the subject of a full-page interview in Le Monde on May 19 in connection with Michael Moore's much-anticipated film on health care. Prof. Rodwin is the director of the World Cities Project (WCP) a joint venture of the International Longevity Center (ILC-USA), Columbia University's Mailman School, and New York University's Wagner School.


Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
June/July 2007

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

  • June 6, 8 am to 12:30 pm - Delivering the Goods: The Freight Needs of a Growing Population. Conference sponsored by the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management. For more information, click here.
  • June 6, 6:30 to 8:30 pm - Wagner Alumni Association Annual Meeting. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • June 7, 8:30 am to 12 pm - Youth Development and Social Work: Partners in Healing. Sponsored by the School of Social Work at NYU and PASE. Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South. Register with Training Code: PIH10 online. For more information, contact PASE at (212) 571-2664.
  • June 12, 6 to 7:30 pm - No Excuses: Concessions of a Serial Campaigner. NYU Wagner Senior Fellow Bob Shrum discusses his new book. Reception and book signing will follow. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • June 12, 7:00 pm - Congestion Pricing in New York City: a discussion with Kathryn Wylde, CEO, Partnership for New York City and Walter McCaffrey, Former Queens City Councilman and Chief Spokesman, Committee to Keep New York Congestion Tax Free. Co-sponsored by Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century. Juan King Carlos Center, 53 Washington Square South. RSVP to www.dl21c.org.
  • June 14, 5 to 7 pm - "Wave the Flag for Wag" Day. A Celebration and Salute to Wagner Alumni. The Patio at B Bar and Grill. 40 East 4th Street at Bowery. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door or reserved online.
  • July 19, 5:30 to 7:30 pm - Wagner Alumni in NYC Government Happy Hour. More details coming soon.


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:

  • Public Health Advisor,
    CTS Global Inc.
  • Senior Project Manager,
    Gulf Coast Housing Partnership (Louisiana)
  • Regional Vice President (Non Profit Finance Fund),
    Harris Rand Lusk
  • Director of Washington DC Office,
    The International Fund for Animal Welfare (D.C.)
  • Chief of Staff,
    Los Angeles Unified School District (California)
  • Chief of Party (Cambodia),
    Management Sciences for Health (Overseas/International)
  • Planner II,
    Nassau County
  • Director, Development and Operations,
    Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights

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.


Check Out the Latest Issue of the Wagner Planner

The May edition of The Wagner Planner is now on view at: http://wagner.nyu.edu/urbanplanning/news/WagnerPlannerMay07.pdf In this issue: Urban Labor Issues and Planning, APA Conference Debriefing, 2007 Capstone Projects, Sustainability in Mexico City and more.


Support Wagner This Summer

Can't make it to the "Wave the Flag for Wag" Day Celebration on June 14? You can still show your pride for the school and support it financially by making an online contribution. Gifts can also be sent 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 by supporting NYU Wagner.


Alumni Insights: New York City Government

Share your insights with us!

Do you work in local government? Are you still connected to other alums working for the city? How do you stay in touch? How do you stay abreast of important local issues? We want to know what makes alums in city government tick. Tell us by emailing wagner.alumni@nyu.edu with "Alumni Insights" in the subject line.

Last month's Insights: Thank you to all who completed our survey on Wagner's online services and electronic communications. We are analyzing the results and will share them soon.


Did You Know...?

James Askin (MPA '00) is currently employed as a US Customs and Border Protection Officer based in NY/NJ inspecting container ships and cargo for contraband and terrorism threats.

Dan Blum (MS '04) is Senior Vice President at White Plains Hospital where he oversees strategic planning and other related functions.

Adolfo Firpo-Betancourt (MPA-Health '01) is Director of Community Health and Outreach Research Projects at the USU Center for Health Disparities Research and Education, an NIH funded P20 Project awarded to the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences.

Donne Kampel (MPA '82) earned a doctorate in higher education administration after leaving Wagner and is currently Associate Dean of Faculties at Touro College in New York City.

Sunny Kim (MPA '04) joined NYU School of Law as Senior Development Officer in February. Welcome back to NYU, Sunny!

Jenny Keane (MPA-PNP '07) has been promoted to Assistant Director, Prospect Research in NYU's Office of University Development and Alumni Relations. Congratulations, Jenny!

Jennifer Lindbom (MUP '01) accepted a position as Senior Urban Planner with the Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) and will be relocating to the United Arab Emirates in early June. In Abu Dhabi, she will be working on the Al Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone. It is a 450 square kilometer project that will include a port, industrial zone, and a brand new city, which Jennifer will be helping to plan and develop. Congratulations, Jennifer!

Carlos Manzano (MPA-PNP '03) recently became the Executive Director for the Latin Media and Entertainment Commission in the City of New York. Congratulations, Carlos!

Liz Oakley (MPA '06) has been named interim director of the Montague Street Business Improvement District. Congratulations, Liz!

Julie Overeynder (MPA '94) is working for the City of New York, DOITT (Department of Information, Technology and Telecommunications) on the NYCAPS Project-the City's PeopleSoft implementation to create a state-of-the-art HR system. She is currently the Change Management Lead, responsible for all aspects of training, organization change and communication.

Jean Ries (MPA-PNP '06) accepted a full-time position as Director of Resource Development at Kids Included Together (KIT). KIT is a San Diego nonprofit organization that specializes in providing best practices training for community-based youth organizations committed to including children with disabilities into their existing recreational, social and child care programs. Congratulations, Jean!

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..."!