NYU Wagner Alumni e-News – June 2010

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Join us TOMORROW: 4th Annual "Wave the Flag for Wag Day" - June 8, 2010, 6pm
As you know by now, we are abuzz with excitement about “Wag Day,” our end-of-year event to salute Wagner alumni and generate annual fund support. If you’ve already got your tickets, we look forward to seeing you at 6:00pm, Tuesday, June 8 (tomorrow), at Bowery Wine Company­ (13 E. 1st Street).  More details can be found online, and while online tickets are no longer available, a few tickets will be available at the door.  "Wag Day" is a great opportunity to connect with faculty, friends, and colleagues, and welcome our new grads. It's also a lot of fun - we hope to see you there.

Professor Paul Light Launches 'Light on Leadership' Blog In The Washington Post
Professor Paul Light has launched a new blog for the Washington Post entitled "Light on Leadership: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom with NYU Wagner's Paul Light." Light's online commentary on the national government will appear every Thursday on the newspaper's website. His debut column April 15, 2010, "Slimming the Federal Leadership" -- coauthored by Russ Feingold, U.S. Senator from Wisconsin and member of the Senate Budget Committee -- drew more than 300,000 hits.  His latest column (June 3, 2010), looks at what President Obama can learn from the oil spill debacle.

Join FAI for a Virtual Conference on Reimagining Microfinance around the World
On June 8 and 9, MicroSave and the Financial Access Initiative are hosting the virtual conference "Reimagining Microfinance around the World: Implementing Lessons from Portfolios of the Poor" to share their findings from more than of a year of in-depth research in Bangladesh, India and South Africa and discuss how to use this research to create practical solutions for improving the lives of the poor. The virtual conference will be moderated by Portfolios of the Poor coauthors Daryl Collins, Prof. Jonathan Morduch, Stuart Rutherford and Orlanda Ruthven, and MicroSave's Graham Wright. Find out more here.

Gallery Space at Wagner Exhibiting Work by Wagner Alumnus, Jeffrey Garofalo (MUP '01)
Please join us in the Gallery Space at Wagner on Thursday, June 10 at 5:30pm for a wine & cheese reception to celebrate the opening of GOTHAM: GRAPHIC NEW YORK, featuring photography and typographical posters by graphic designer and NYU Wagner alumnus JEFFREY GAROFALO (MUP '01). Garofalo seamlessly intertwines his professional interests in urban planning and graphic design by bringing together elegantly executed photographs of New York City architecture and scenery with a series of text-based posters that reference the city’s distinctive grit and style. The result is a mixed-media installation that simultaneously pays tribute to New York City and to the art of typography. The Gallery Space at Wagner is located at The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC. Exhibit on view through September 3, 2010.


Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
June / July 2010

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


New York:

Wave the Flag for Wag Day

Gotham: Graffic New York - Opening Reception.  The Gallery Space at NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl., NYC. 5:30pm

High Speed Rail: Leveraging Federal Investment Locally


NYU Alumni Events:
University-wide Alumni Calendar


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:

  • Multiple Healthcare Positions,
    Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (UAE)
  • Executive Director,
    Funders Together (Boston)
  • Deputy Director, North America
    Human Rights Watch
  • Manager of Operations and Communications,
    NOHO NY Business Improvement District 
  • Budget Director,
    NYC Dept. of Investigation
  • Director of Land Use, Planning and Development,
    Office of the Manhattan Borough President
  • CEO,
    Rodale Institute (Pennsylvania)

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

After completing her degree at Wagner, Jennifer Maulsby (MPA '01) began an impactful career working in human service program development and administration at several New York City organizations.  After having a son in 2007 she decided she wanted to do something that would give her more flexibility and allow her to spend more time with him.  So in the summer of 2009 she launched a NYC-based version of her family’s volunteer project - Socks’n Undies Sunday. The program collects and distributes undergarments and toiletries to men, women, and children who are homeless, by partnering with community members, non-profits, and faith-based organizations.  In March of 2010, Maulsby incorporated Everyday Philanthropy, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, to serve as the parent organization of the Socks’n Undies Sunday program.  Read more.


Alumni Insights: Summer Reading 

You share your insights with us!

Any books relevant to the public service sector or your particular field that you recommend for summer reading?  If you were going to pass a must-read title on to other alumni, what would it be?  Let us know at wagner.alumni@nyu.edu.  


Can't join us for "Wag Day"? Show your support anyway!

Even if you can't make it to the "Wave the Flag for Wag Day" Celebration on June 8th, you can still show your pride for the school and support it financially by making an online contribution.

Thank you for the difference you make by supporting NYU Wagner.


Did You Know...?

Francis Barry (MPA '06) has been appointed by Mayor Bloomberg as Director of Public Affairs for the NYC Office of the Mayor.  Congratulations, Frank.

Jennifer Hensley (MPA ’08) has been appointed Executive Director of the Association for a Better New York. Prior to joining ABNY, Ms. Hensley served as senior advisor to the chairman & CEO of the Empire State Development Corporation. Congratulations, Jennifer.

Amanda Konstam (MPA '07) has been appointed by Mayor Bloomberg as Deputy Director of Public Affairs for the NYC Office of the Mayor, and will be working with Frank, mentioned above. Congratulations, Amanda.

David Levinson (MPA '87) has recently published a book, One Minute a Free Woman: Elizabeth Freeman and the Struggle for Freedom.  Congratulations, David.

Sam Miller (MPA '96) has been appointed Assistant Commissioner for Intergovernmental Affairs at the NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygeine.  Congratulations, Sam.

Andy Moleon (MPA ’10) recently took a position at Moody's and will be working in the eastern regional team rating municipal bonds. Congratulations, Andy.  

Mark Redmond (MPA '86) is the executive director of Spectrum Youth and Family Services in Burlington, VT, the state’s largest provider of services to foster, homeless, and at-risk youth. His book, The Goodness Within: Reaching out to Troubled Teens with Compassion and Love (Paulist Press) incorporates stories from his twenty-year career as a counselor.

Amir Satvat (MPA '09) recently won the Wharton Ford Foundation MBA Research Fellowship.  He is currently pursing an MBA in Healthcare Management and an MB in Biotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania.  Congratulations, Amir.

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!