NYU Wagner Alumni e-News – November 2007

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New York Sun features Wagner's New Nurse Leadership Master of Science Program
NYU Wagner's innovative new Master of Science in Management-Concentration for Nurse Leadership, designed in concert with New York-Presbyterian Hospital, is aimed at improving the quality of nursing management, boosting nurses' job satisfaction, and finding ways to ease the nationwide nurse shortage and reduce turnover. Read more.


NYU Wagner Co-Sponsors Albany Briefing on Performance-Based Management
NYU Wagner faculty experts framed a discussion on performance-based management on Tuesday, October 23, 2007, at the New York State Museum in Albany, N.Y. The dialogue, entitled “Supporting High Performance Government: Leading Large Scale Change in New York State Government,” was held for over 100 high-level government officials and marked the first NYU Wagner/Accenture Executive Briefing Series. Professor Dennis Smith presided over the discussion along with Jeffrey Mullins, Senior Executive, Accenture. Professor Dall Forsythe, moderated the main discussion among state commissioners. Read the full article.

NY State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Richard Daines to Speak at Wagner
Dr. Richard Daines, NY State Commissioner of Health, will give a talk at Wagner on Wednesday, November 7th at 6:30pm. During his speech, entitled "The Future of Health Care in New York State," Commissioner Daines will discuss Governor Eliot Spitzer's historic effort to reform New York's health care system to provide universal health insurance coverage and improve health outcomes using financing, health information technology and quality tools. The event is sponsored by the Wagner Alumni Association. Click here for more info and to RSVP online.

Prof. Jonathan Morduch and the Financial Access Initiative Launch Website
The Financial Access Initiative and Professor Jonathan Morduch launched a new website highlighting key research on how financial sectors can better meet the needs of poor households. Professor Morduch is a Director of the Financial Access Initiative (a new program funded by a $5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation). The website provides new research by economists at NYU, Yale and Harvard on the demand and impact of financial services for poor households. Access this cutting edge research, along with Professor Morduch’s paper, “The Unbanked: Evidence from Indonesia” (presented at World Bank conference in March 2007), at www.financialaccess.org.


Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
November/December 2007

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

New York:

  • Nov. 5, 6:30 to 8:30pm - Woman for President? Sponsored by the Wagner Women's Caucus. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Nov. 6, 6:30 to 8pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: GARDEN CITY. With profs. Fabio Piano and Michael Purragganan of FAS. Garden City Hotel, 45 7th St., Garden City. For more info, contact Maureen Walsh.
  • Nov. 6, 6:30 to 8:30pm - Cooperation Creating Change: Stories from Executives at GAP, SAI, Chiquita and the Rain Forest Alliance. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Nov. 7, 5:30 to 7:30pm - Book Launch: Adlai Stevenson's Lasting Legacy. Sponsored by the Brademas Center. Rosenthal Pavilion, Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South. RSVP online.
  • Nov. 7, 6 to 7:30pm - Sustainable NYC: Post Carbon Cities. NYU School of Law, Vanderbilt Hall, Room 204, 40 Washington Square South. RSVP online.
  • Nov. 7, 6:30 to 8pm - New York State Commissioner of Health, Richard Daines. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Nov. 8, 6:30 to 9:30pm - NYU Alumni Association Awards Dinner. Grand Hyatt, 109 E. 42nd St. Tickets: $75. For more info or to purchase tickets click here.
  • Nov. 12, 6:30 to 9pm - The Farm Bill: Understanding the Political, Agricultural, and Nutritional Impact. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Nov. 13, 4:30 to 6pm - Accountability and Governance Series. Performance Measurement and the World Bank. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Nov. 15, 12 to 2pm - An Insider's View to Working at the UN. With Paulette Woolf '82. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Nov. 19, 6 to 7:30pm - The Ongoing Health Needs of Individuals at Ground Zero: Balancing Reason with Reaction. The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Nov. 19, 6:30 to 8:30pm - WAA Board Meeting. The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. For more info, email Michaella Holden.
  • Nov. 27, 5:30 to 7pm - Wagner Gallery Space Art Opening. The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. For more info, email Margie Jimenez.
  • Dec. 10, 6:30 to 8:30pm - WAA Board Meeting. The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. For more info, email Michaella Holden.
  • Dec. 12, 8:15 - 9:30am - Breakfast with Elliot "Lee " Sander of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.


  • Nov 8, 6:30pm - Wagner Reception at APPAM in Washington DC. Embassy Suites-Downtown. 1250 22nd St., NW, Washington, DC. RSVP online.
  • Nov. 14, 6 to 8:30pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: GREENWICH, CT. With President John Sexton and profs. Fabio Piano, Michael Purragganan and Gloria Coruzzi of FAS. Hyatt Regency, 1800 E. Putnam Ave., Old Greenwich, CT. For more info, contact Maureen Walsh.


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 Planning,
    Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, Inc.
  • Public Outreach Manager,
    City of Los Angeles (California)
  • Program Director: Latin America and the Caribbean,
    Episcopal Relief and Development
  • Director of the FCCF Fund for Women and Girls,
    Fairfield County Community Foundation (Connecticut)
  • Chief Financial Officer
    New York Community Trust
  • Senior Planner
    North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, Inc.
  • Executive Director,
    Reboot Inc.

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

"In my role, every day is about partnerships," says Leila Finucane Edmonds (MUP '99), the Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) for the District of Columbia. Edmonds oversees the abundant activity of DHCD's divisions: Development Finance Division, Resident and Community Services, Property Acquisition and Disposition, and the Housing Regulation Administration (HRA), which includes the Rental Conversion and Sale Division as well as the Rental Accommodations Division (both transferred to the newly-created HRA after Edmonds tenure began). As the DHCD works with several different government agencies, non-profits and for-profit affordable housing developers, community-based organizations and different interest groups, Edmond's job is truly at the intersection of sectors. Because of this, "partnerships are critical to what we do," she explains. Read the full profile.


Wagner Alumni Scholarships

Wagner is once again accepting alumni nominations for recipients of the Wagner Alumni Scholarship Award. The award provides a 50% scholarship for up to five incoming students. All NYU Wagner masters level applicants recommended by a Wagner alumna/us are eligible for an Alumni Scholarship. To be considered, they must apply by January 15, the scholarship consideration deadline, and receive a nomination from a Wagner graduate. Watch the mail for your nomination form, or, if you would like more info on how to nominate someone right away, please email wagner.alumni@nyu.edu.


Wagner Alumni Association - Join a Committee!

The Wagner Alumni Association Board of Directors invites alumni to get involved with the association by joining a committee. Committees of the board are open to all Wagner alumni and meet roughly once a month. Committees in need of members are: Professional Development, Student Group Relations, Annual Meeting, Development, Marketing and Public Relations, and Constitution and Bylaws. If you are interested in joining a committee, please contact Michaella Holden by email or phone at (212) 998-7522.


Alumni Insights: New E-News Format

Did you receive the new version of the e-News in your in-box? What do you think? Is there other information you hope to find in it? Please send us your answers to wagner.alumni@nyu.edu with Alumni Insights in the Subject line.



A Time for Giving Thanks

As we begin the season of thanks-giving, NYU Wagner expresses gratitude to all who support the school in various ways. The work we do would not be possible without the countless, dedicated alumni and friends who contribute time, energy, expertise and financial resources to the Wagner community. To you, we say, THANK YOU. If you would like to show your appreciation for the school, click here to make an online contribution. Be sure to indicate that your gift should go to support NYU Wagner.


Did You Know...?

Diana Beck (MPA-PNP '04) is the new Assistant Director for Health and Doctoral Programs at NYU Wagner. Congratulations on your new role at Wagner, Diana!

Christina Conde (MPA-Health '07) is a Presidential Management Fellow and Management Analyst in the Office of Patient Care Services, Veterans Health Administration.

Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez (MPA '83), New York Secretary of State, was recently named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine. She was also honored at the New York City Latino Heritage event on October 25th. Congratulations, Lorraine.

Jane DeLashmutt (MUP '07) is currently working in Community Development Banking at Bank of America.

Michael Friedberg (MPA-Health '97) recently published a book, Staff Competency in Patient Access: Tools, Tests, and Tips for Building a Successful Team.

Kari Hayden (MPA-PNP '07) has taken a new position at DonorsChoose.org, serving as their Director of Corporate Partnerships. Congratulations, Kari.

Bea Lurie (MPA '98) has been named the new president and CEO of Girls Incorporated of Chattanooga. Congratulations, Bea.

Sharon Makoriwa (MPA-PNP '07) is working as a Development Associate with the African Services Committee.

Alicia Polak (MPA '01) and The Khaya Cookie Company received an Honorable Mention as one of Social Venture Network's Top Socially Responsible Business Leaders. Congratulations, Alicia.

Spring Taylor Lacy (MPA-PNP '04) recently accepted a position with the JPMorgan Chase Foundation as Associate, Employee Programs and Volunteerism.


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