NYU Wagner Alumni e-News – March 2009

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Top Stories

Regional Receptions for Alumni and Admitted Students
Alumni in California and Washington, DC: Help Wagner recruit the best and the brightest!  Join us at our annual regional receptions to share your passion for public service with fellow Wagner grads and admitted students from your city.  RSVP online for events in San Francisco (March 18th), Los Angeles (March 19th) and DC (April 6th).

Pictures of the "Wagner Across the USA Happy Hours"
...are now up online! View them here.

NYU Wagner to host joint workshops on with UCLA on Making Race Discussable
This month, NYU Wagner and UCLA's School of Public Affairs will host "Navigating Complex Conversations in the Era of Obama: New Ways to Address Race & Inequality in Policy & Practice" in both L.A. (March 20) and New York (March 24). Alumni are invited to join Dean Schall, faculty, staff, and students from both schools for a day-long dialogue on how to create a space and a framework for conversations of sensitive social justice issues. For more details, or to RSVP, click here.

13th Annual Kovner/Behrman Health Forum: March 31st
The 2009 Kovner/Behrman Health Forum will explore "Changing the Culture of Large Organizations."  The event, taking place on Tuesday, March 31 at 5:30pm, will feature Denise Rousseau, Ph.D, Professor of Organizational Behavior and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and Bernard A. Birnbaum, M.D., Professor of Radiology/Senior Vice President, Vice Dean and Chief of Hospital Operations, NYU Langone Medical Center, and will be moderated by Professor Tony Kovner. Limited seating available. RSVP online.

Don't Forget!  Public Service Career Double Feature: Thursday, March 5, 2009
Join NYU Wagner and seven other public service schools at our upcoming Career Expo this Thursday from 3-6pm at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th Street, which will be followed by the consortium's Public Service Networking Reception at the Puck Building from 6:30 to 8pm.

WAA Elections for the 2009-2010 Term
Nominations are now open for the 2009-2010 Wagner Alumni Association Board of Directors.  Click here for more information.



Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
March/April 2009

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


New York:


Reynolds Speaker Series: Cheryl Dorsey, President, Echoing Green

Doing More With Less: Can Jewish and Other Nonprofits Create Improvement Opportunities out of Economic Crisis?

Public Service Career Expo

Public Service Career Networking Reception

3rd Annual Hannah Engle Memorial Lecture: The Changing Face of Philanthropy

Conflict Security and Development Series: Disasters and Peacemaking: Creating Opportunities for Peace03/05/2009
3rd Annual Hannah Engle Memorial Lecture: The Changing Face of Philanthropy

Transportation & Infrastructure Issues for the Next Decade

Federal Government Job Search Workshop - see OCS Career Directory for more details

A Dangerous Dilemma: The Impacts of the Global Gag Rule

Mayoral Control Series: The State of New York City's Public Schools: Financing Urban Education

Green Career Panel and Networking Reception - Sponsored by the NYU Green Alumni Network


Race, Reproductive Rights Policy, and the New Administration

Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development in Latin America: The Rise and Performance of Leftist Governments in Latin America

Navigating Complex Conversations in the Era of Obama: New Ways to Address Race & Inequality in Policy & Practice

Lifelines: Exploring and understanding the social determinants of health disparities among racial and ethnic minority women

Philanthropy and the Economic Crisis: What Happens When Need Grows and Capacity Shrinks?

Financing Global Health: Part III: Public/Private Partnerships in Global Health Initiatives

The 13th Annual Kovner/Behrman Health Forum: "Changing the Culture of Healthcare Organizations"

Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development in Latin America: Culture and Politics in Latin America

The Economics of Identity: How Poverty is Gendered and Raced

With Liberty and Justice for All - Delivering on the Promise: Prospects for Immigration Reform in the New Administration

Citizen's Union Breakfast Briefs: Council Member Melinda Katz

Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development in Latin America: Local Notions of Development and Indigenous Political Participation

With Liberty and Justice for All: Shifting Communities: Race, Immigration and Politics in American Suburbs

With Liberty and Justice for All: A Country of One's Own: Race, Class, Gender and Immigration Policy in the United States

Reynolds Speaker Series: Dr. Paul Farmer, Co-Founder, Partners in Health


National Events:

3/5/2009 - 5:30pm
NYU Alumni Club - West Coast of Florida All University Happy Hour in Tampa

3/18/2009 - 6:00pm
Wagner San Francisco: Alumni & Admitted Students Reception

3/19/2009 - 6:00pm
Wagner in LA: Alumni & Admitted Students Reception

3/20/2009 - 8:00am to 3pm
Los Angeles: "Navigating Complex Conversations in the Era of Obama: New Ways to Address Race & Inequality in Policy & Practice." In partnership with UCLA.

4/6/2009 - 6:00pm
Wagner in DC: Alumni & Admitted Students Reception



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 of Network & Outreach,
    Alliance for Financial Inclusion (Overseas/International)
  • Deputy Director of Planning,
    County of Siskiyou (California)
  • Executive Director,
    Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Vice President,
    NYC Economic Development Corporation
  • President and CEO,
    Park Heights Renaissance (Maryland)
  • Director of Recruitment,
    Peace Corps

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

Vera Moore (MUP 2008) is a Technical Assistance Program Associate at the Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation (Seedco), a role she has held since graduating from Wagner less than a year ago in May, 2008. She describes herself as "a consultant who works closely with government agencies, foundations and community organizations on improving program outcomes" in areas that specifically focus on economic, workforce, and community development.  Read more.


Alumni Insights: Urban Planning Field

Share your insights with us!

Do you work in Urban Planning? Are you still connected to other alums from the MUP program? How do you stay in touch? And how do you stay abreast of important issues in urban planning? Share your favorite resources with us and other alumni by emailing wagner.alumni@nyu.edu with "Alumni Insights" in the subject line.


Give a Little Green to Wagner

This St. Patrick's Day give a little green back to your favorite school of public service! Your support makes a big difference and donating is easy with NYU's online contribution page.  Donations can also be made by mailing a check (made out to NYU Wagner) to 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl., New York, NY 10012-9604. Remember to 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...?

Lisa Dribben (MPA-Health '97) became an owner/operator of two McDonald's restaurants in Rowlett, TX in September, 2008.  Congratulations, Lisa.

Mary Ann Kristiansen (MPA '90) has been named one of Business NH magazine's 25 Leaders for the Future. She is the executive director of the Hannah Grimes Center, a non-profit in Keene, New Hampshire that markets local products and teaches classes to business owners and entrepreneurs to help them grow their businesses.  Congratulations, Mary Ann.

Harold Pettigrew (MUP '05) is in the process of founding FellowshipNation, which will be will be the premier destination to find and connect to fellowship program opportunities throughout the United States and abroad.  His plan for the online guide won grand prize in the 2008 New Venture Buisness Plan Competition at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Business School.  Congratulations, Harold.

Jagajit Singh (MPA-PNP '05) has become Executive Director of The Hindu Community Outreach.  Congratulations, Jagajit.


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!