NYU Wagner Alumni e-News – June 2008

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Join us Wed. June 4 for the WAA Annual Celebration
It's time to welcome summer with the Wagner Alumni Association's annual celebration. Join your fellow alumni on Wednesday, June 4 from 6:30 to 8pm for cocktails and hors d' oeuvres, cast your vote in the WAA elections, and honor the 2008 Torch and Westmeyer Award winners. RSVP online.

Professor Paul Light Surveys Public Confidence in Charitable Organizations
Dr. Paul Light recently completed a national survey measuring public confidence in charitable organizations -- detecting a downward trajectory. The survey results are included in the April 3, 2008 edition of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, along with an article summarizing the findings. According to the poll, 64 percent of Americans now have a "great deal" or a "fair amount" of faith in charities, down from 69 percent in the 2006 version of the survey. Professor Light tells The Chronicle that charities should be alarmed at their inability to win over much of the public to the quality of their efforts. Read more.

2nd Annual "Wave the Flag for Wag Day" Benefit: Thu. June 19 at B Bar and Grill
Join us for an open bar cocktail reception and come catch up with old friends, reconnect with your favorite professors, hear the latest updates from Associate Dean Rogan Kersh, and help us drive up our alumni participation rate in the Wagner Annual Fund! Tickets are $20 in the form of a donation to the Annual Fund and can be reserved online.


Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
June 2008

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

New York:

  • June 4, 8:30am to 1pm - Closing the Gap: Financing the Region's Transportation Needs. Sponsored by the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management. Register online.
  • June 4, 6:30 to 8pm - WAA Annual Celebration. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • June 17, 6:30 to 8pm - Lessons from Iraq: Avoiding the Next War. Panel discussion and book party. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • June 19, 5:30 to 7:30pm - 2nd Annual "Wave the Flag For Wag Day" Summer Benefit. Back by popular demand, this party is once again a chance for all alumni in the NY Metro Area to come together and celebrate their alma mater. Tickets are $20 and may be reserved online. For more info about joining the host committee, please contact Michaella Holden at (212) 998-7522.


  • Summer 2008 - Stay tuned for events hosted in L.A. & D.C.!


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:

  • Director, Victor Center for Jewish Genetic Diseases,
    Albert Einstein Healthcare Network (Pennsylvania)
  • Planner IV,
    Baton Rouge Parish Planning Commission (Louisiana)
  • Founding Executive Director,
    Fund for Global Education
  • Director of Development,
    Kingsborough Community College, CUNY
  • Director of External Relations and Special Projects,
    NYC Dept. of Transportation
  • President,
    Slow Food USA
  • Senior Auditor, P-5,
    United Nations

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

Growing up in Kenya, Mwende Caroline Mueke (MPA ’01) felt a strong pull toward public service. Early in her professional career, she worked for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Eastern Africa. In that job it became clear to her that the challenges in her field were more complicated than she had imagined, with refugee camps staying open for decades. To strengthen her education in international public affairs, she enrolled in Wagner’s international program, which focuses on developing countries. Read more.


WAA Board Elections - Vote Now!

Elections for the 2008-2009 Wagner Alumni Association board term are now open. Read the candidate statements and cast your vote here.


Alumni Insights: Summer Programming

Share your insights with us!

Would you like to see more alumni programming during the summer, or is summer a time you'd rather stay off the Wagner radar? When is the best time for Wagner to hold events especially for alumni? We want to know. To share your thoughts, please email wagner.alumni@nyu.edu with "Alumni Insights" in the subject line.


Support Wagner Through the Annual Fund

Can't make it to the "Wave the Flag for Wag" Day Celebration on June 19? 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.


Did You Know...?

Maria Barker (MUP '00) took a position in January at Fannie Mae in the Homelessness Initiatives Department. Congratulations, Maria.

Laura Fenimore (MPA-PNP '03) is now a Stakeholder Communications Executive at the London Underground. Congratulations, Laura.

Nick Macchione (MS '94) has been appointed director of the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. He served as deputy director and regional general manager for the past ten years. Congratulations, Nick.

David Quart (MUP '03) has recently become Vice President, Development at the NYC Economic Development Corporation. Congratulations, David.

Jacob Victory (MPA-Health '98) has been promoted to Director of Operational Performance Management for Specialized Operations at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. In his new role he will focus on developing metrics and scorecards that measure the business indicators of clinical programs with the added responsibility of developing and implementing strategies to improve management and business performance. Congratulations, Jacob.


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!