Wagner School Alumni eNews – November 2006

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Professor Jonathan Morduch, Microfinance Expert, in The New Yorker


Responding to critics of microfinance who have argued that it is merely a Band-Aid on global inequalities, Professor Morduch argues for a more realistic perspective in an interview with The New Yorker magazine. "That is a valid critique, to a point," he said. "But get real. How long are you willing to wait for the revolution? I can't see any moral foundation for not trying to address the current deprivations of the world's poorest billions. If microfinance can help provide options in cost-effective ways, we should celebrate it." To read the full story, click here.

BE THERE: Wagner Student Association Election Night Party

The Wagner Student Association (WSA) is extending an invitation to all Wagner grads to attend the WSA Election Night party, Tuesday, November 7, beginning at 6 PM, at Slainte, 304 Bowery between Bleecker and Houston. Toast fellow Wagnerites with 2-for-1 drinks and a choice of 17 beers on tap. Enjoy free finger food as we watch the election results roll in. Hope to see you there!

YOU'RE INVITED: Election 2006 Review

Speaking of election night, join NYU Wagner's own Bob Shrum and Rogan Kersh, along with Kieran Mahoney, for the "Election 2006 Review," on Tuesday evening, Nov. 14th, at NYU Wagner. Panelists will summarize the recent 2006 mid-term elections, where both chambers of Congress could potentially switch to Democratic control. The impact of the elections on U.S. domestic and foreign policy is also up for discussion, as is the panelists' perspectives on the 2008 presidential election - the first in over a half-century that does not include an incumbent president or vice-president running. To RSVP for this exciting event, click here.

Health Policy is 'Driven More by Fear than by Science,' Writes Professor Amy Ellen Schwartz

In an op-ed article in the New York Daily News, NYU Wagner Professor Amy Ellen Schwartz takes aim at New York City schools' head-lice policies, which she terms inadvisable. To read more, click here.

Professor Jo Boufford Named President of The New York Academy of Medicine

Jo Ivey Boufford, a national authority on healthcare and public health policy, has been elected President of The New York Academy of Medicine. Professor Boufford, former Dean at NYU Wagner, was President of the NYCHHC under Mayor Koch and served under President Clinton as Principal Deputy and Acting Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Congratulations, Professor Boufford. To the full press release, click press release.


Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
November/December 2006


Talks, Receptions, Special Events and Seminars


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

  • Nov. 6, 6:30 to 8:30 pm - Israel/Palestine: A New Approach to Conflict Resolution. Brought to you by NYU Wagner�s International Public Service Association and NYU�s International Relations Club. The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Nov. 7, 6 to 9 pm - Wagner Student Association Election Night Party. Slainte, 304 Bowery between Bleecker and Houston.
  • Nov. 8, 6 pm - NYU in your Neighborhood: GREENWICH, CT. Hyatt Regency, Old Greenwich, CT. For more information and to RSVP, call 212.998.6946 or email.
  • Nov. 8, 6:30 - Development OR Gentrification? Brought to you by SADA: Students of African Descent Alliance, ALAS: Alliance of Latino and Latin American Students, and UPSA: Urban Planning Student Association. The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Nov. 11, 11 am - DC AREA ALUMNI: Tour of the National Gallery. National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institute, National Mall West Building, Ground Floor, Inner Tier, 4th and Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20565. Email WAA Director Bryan Day for more information.
  • Nov. 14, 6:30 to 8:30 - Election 2006 Review. With Rogan Kersh, Kieran Mahoney and Bob Shrum. 2nd Fl. Conference Room, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Nov. 15, 12:30 to 2pm - The Possibility of a Cessation of Hostilities between Jihadis and the West: Rethinking the Conventional Wisdom about Al Qaeda's Truce Offer. Hosted by the NYU Wagner's Office of International Programs. 2nd Fl. Conference Room, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Nov. 16, 5:30 pm - Puck Gallery Opening. Newman Reception Area, 2nd Fl., The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. Email Margie Jimenez for more info.
  • Nov. 28, 6:30 to 8:30pm - Bankruptcy in the Healthcare Sector: Implications for Industry and Financial Institutions. Co-hosted by the Wagner Finance Society Student Group and NYU Wagner. 2nd Fl. Conference Room, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Nov. 29, 6 to 8pm - From urban guerilla to urban planner-alum - Flores Forbes discusses his memoir "Will You Die With Me? My Life and the Black Panthers." 2nd Fl. Conference Room, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online
  • Dec. 1, 6 to 8 pm - Students of African Descent Alliance Holiday Mixer. Location TBD. For updated information and to RSVP, email Daniel Blakemore.
  • Dec. 4, 4 to 6 pm -Can Academics Reach the Public? A Conversation about Media and Scholarship. Co-sponsored by the Sociology Department, Dean of Social Sciences, Dean of Humanities, and NYU Wagner. 2nd Fl. Conference Room, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. For more information, email Melissa Mendez Garcia.
  • Dec. 6, 8 to 10 am - CONTACTLESS SMART CARDS FOR TRANSIT FARE PAYMENT: A PARADIGM SHIFT.� Hosted by the Rudin Center for Transportation. 2nd Fl. Conference Room, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP via email by Nov. 28.
  • Dec. 13, 6:30 to 8:30 pm - Recent Alumni Network Happy Hour. The Torch Club, Tap Room, 18 Waverly Place, New York City. For more information and to RSVP, call 212.998.6906 or email.

EVERY THURSDAY: Conflict, Security, And Development: Issues, Actors, And Approaches, 12:30 - 2 pm. Weekly Brown Bag Series hosted by the Office for International Programs at NYU Wagner and NYU�s Center for Global Affairs RSVP online.

IESP Research Seminar. IESP Conference Room, 7th floor, Pless Hall, 82 Washington Square East. See public events calendar for dates and speakers.


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:

  • Program Officer, Los Angeles, Annenberg Foundation
  • Program Officer - Middle East, Mercy Corps
  • Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Foundation for Women
  • Assistant Vice President - Strategic Planning, New York City Economic Development Corporation
  • Senior Associate - Advisory Services, Nonprofit Finance Fund
  • Education Editor - Public Internet Channel, One Economy Corporation
  • Senior Market Research Analyst, Suss Consulting

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.


Work at Wagner and NYU

Come work at NYU, and take advantage of the amazing benefits package! NYU Wagner seeks a committed non-profit or higher education professional to develop, support and provide advisement to the students of its Health Policy and Management and Doctoral Studies Programs. We require a talented manager to work closely with faculty on the development of these programs and ensure that students are well-served. Reporting to the Assistant Dean, this Assistant Director position is a critical one in the Office of Enrollment and Student Services.

NYU is also hiring for an International Field Site Coordinator for the new Master's Program in Global Public Health, of which NYU Wagner is a partner. The International Field Site Coordinator will coordinate and manage all aspects concerning field sites and partnerships (local and international) for this brand new program.

Visit the NYU Human Resources Website for more info about working at NYU and to apply for these positions online (Assistant Director, Health Policy and Management and Doctoral Studies Programs: 5149BR; International Field Site Coordinator, Global MPH: 5115BR): www.nyu.edu/hr/jobs/apply.


ALUMNI: Get Published in the Wagner Review

The Wagner Review of Public Affairs is the student-run academic journal of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. The Wagner Review promotes dialogue on a wide range of issues related to public service, by publishing original writing and research from a diverse group of students and alumni. Articles reflect the academic programs offered and scholarly research conducted at the Wagner School. The Wagner Review has extended the deadline for alumni submissions! To submit a paper for consideration, download the Wagner Review Call for Papers (PDF), which describes the required format and submission instructions in full detail.


Leave a Legacy to NYU Wagner

Your annual support is important to the Wagner School. By including Wagner in your will, you can ensure that your support continues beyond your lifetime. You can use the following language to provide a legacy to Wagner in your will: "I give, devise and bequeath [assets] to New York University, 70 Washington Square South, New York, New York 10012, for the use of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service." Please contact us for draft language if you would like to establish a permanent named fund, such as a scholarship fund, through your legacy. When you name Wagner in your estate plans, the University will recognize your special generosity you during your lifetime by enrolling you in The Society of The Torch. To learn more, contact the NYU Office of Gift Planning at (212) 998-6960 or email us at gift.planning@nyu.edu.

Thank you for the difference you make through your commitment to Wagner. And remember it's not how much you give, but THAT you give!


Did You Know...?

Lee Alvarez (MPA '06) works as a Senior Consultant at Nexara, Inc., a for-profit subsidiary of Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA). Nexera, Inc. is a national health care consulting firm that specializes in supply chain cost reduction, outsourcing, technology, and project management.

Natasha L.O. Bannan (MPA '06) is the Manager of Multicultural Initiatives for Girl Scouts of the USA. In this role, Natasha works at the national office and manages the organization's Hispanic Initiative, where she works with local affiliate councils nationwide in developing strategies and resources to partner with the Latino community on girl and women's issues and to engage the community within the organization. Natasha also develops partnerships with national Latino organizations whose mission and work with youth and women mirrors the Girl Scouts.

Javier J. Boullon-Agrelo (MPA '97) is the founder and co-owner of FBA Consulting, a management consulting company focused on improving the quality of health care facilities in Spain. FBA's client list includes over 200 of all the hospitals in Spain.

Judie Gilmore (MPA '05) is a Development Associate at the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, where she raises money through traditional grant writing and donor campaigns, as well as special events, merchandise sales, and other special projects for nonprofit arts organization that has produced over 2,700 murals in Philadelphia.

Patricks Mbala (MUP '05) is the Manager, Central Consultancy Bureau at the University of Nambia, where he is responsible for coordinating both consultancy projects and short training programs. The University Central Consultancy Bureau (UCCB), the official consultancy and short training programs coordinating agent of the University of Namibia, strives to constantly improve knowledge and skills by engaging staff members and students to actively participate in projects that contribute to the betterment of social, political, cultural, economic and environmental milieu of Namibia, SADC region and the African continent in general.

Susan Miller (MPA '03) has joined the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association in Washington, DC as a Senior Consultant. In this role, Susan oversees contract compliance for all of the IT systems used to process enrollment and health insurance claims for federal employees, retirees & their families, which is the largest privately underwritten health insurance contract in the world, covering over 4.3 million people. Congratulations, Susan.

Gregg Mohrmann (MPA '00) has been promoted to Director, PMO at First Consulting Group, a publicly traded healthcare consulting firm. Congratulations, Greg.

Paul Nelson (MPA '06) is the new Senior Manager for Special Projects at the NYC Dept. of Small Business Services, where he does policy and programmatic work in neighborhood/economic development. Congratulations, Paul.

Mary Beth C. Tully (MPA '87) has been elected to the Board of Directors of the United Hospital Fund. Congratulations, Mary Beth.

Jennifer Young (MPA '06) is the Policy and Communications Manager at the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments in Colorado, WY. In this role, Jennifer oversees intergovernmental and interagency activities in the areas of public policy and legislative affairs at the federal, state, and local levels, directs public communications and community outreach activities for all programs, and assists in managing communications and services for local, state, and federal elected officials and agencies.


Be in 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..."!