NYU Wagner Alumni e-News – November 2008


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New Fellowships Announced at Wagner - Alumni Invited to Nominate Prospective Students
Wagner alumni are our best ambassadors and speak proudly about their degrees at work, where they volunteer, and in their communities. Many of you also submit scholarship nominations for prospective students.  In the past year, two new named fellowships have been established at NYU Wagner and are detailed below.  We now seek your nominations for well-qualified incoming students in order to provide them with valuable support.  In addition, the Alumni Scholarship Fund continues to grow, and we encourage you to nominate students for this great opportunity as well.

The Lisa Goldberg Fellowships, one in Philanthropy and Public Service and one in Jewish leadership, were funded by many of Lisa Goldberg's friends, family and colleagues and are housed at NYU Wagner in honor of Lisa's legacy of visionary commitment and contribution to public service. We seek fall 2009 applicants for each of the Goldberg Fellowships. Applicants should exhibit an interest in pursuing graduate education in support of leadership work in philanthropy or Jewish leadership, and possess a unique combination of intelligence, imagination and ability. Please click here for more information and the nomination form.

The Bohnett Public Service Fellowships were established at NYU Wagner by the David Bohnett Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving society through social activism. Commencing in fall 2009, these fellowships will provide full tuition support and summer internship stipends for three Bohnett Fellows per year. Eligible students must be enrolled in either the MPA or MUP programs and express an explicit interest in working for municipal governments to solve our most urgent social issues. To nominate a prospective student, please send an email recommending him/her with the student's name, address, email, phone, NYU Wagner program enrollment and employer information to: wagner.admissions@nyu.edu or call 212-998-7414.

Look for more detailed information about these nomination opportunities to arrive in the mail in the next few weeks, and thank you for your continued efforts to grow the Wagner community!




Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
November/December 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:


Election Night Live - Returns Watching Party

Fundraising in a Tough Economy

Speakers on the Square: Hooked on Technology featuring Prof. Rae Zimmerman


Philanthropy and Politics Series: The Future of Progressive Philanthropy

Should Government Help Your Neighbor? An evening with Deborah Stone

Reynolds Speaker Series: Craig Newmark, Founder of Craigslist

Citizen's Union Breakfast Briefs Series: Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer

Climate and Water Series: Bryan Mark, Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University

Alumni in NYC Government Happy Hour

MAKING THE CONNECTION: Transit Oriented Development - A Blueprint for Success

Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development in Latin America Series: The Tension Between Representative and Participatory Democracy in Latin America

WAA Holiday Fundraiser: "HAIR - Let the Sunshine In"

Citizen's Union Breakfast Briefs Series: Citizens Union Breakfast Brief with Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion

Greening the Empire State: Powering the Future Series: Nuclear Power

Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development in Latin America Series: Does Transparency Lead to Accountability? Lessons from Mexican Civil Society

National Events:






  • 12/8/2008, 6:00 to 8pm - Wagner Alumni DC Happy Hour. James Hoban's. 1 Dupont Circle NW, Washington, DC.  RSVP online.




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 Finance and Administration,
    AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition
  • Chief of Staff,
    AMDeC Foundation, Inc.
  • Policy and Communications Director,
    Center for New York City Neighborhoods
  • Chief Financial Officer,
    Community Health Care Association of NY State
  • Sustainable Projects/Energy Manager,
    Nike (Oregon)
  • RWI Deputy Africa Regional Coordinator,
    Open Society Institute (Overseas/International)
  • School Age Program and Day Camp Director,
    YMCA of Greater New York

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

As an undergraduate, Chris Manning (MPA-Health 2003) studied public health. After finishing college he worked at the American Heart Association as a health educator and over time, he began to get more involved in the organization’s advocacy work.  In doing so, it soon occurred to him that he “could impact far more people by working on one good public policy” than by conducting the countless community presentations that he did for his job.  During that time he also made two key observations that have shaped his career ever since.  Read more.



Wagner Review - Call for Submissions

The Wagner Review is currently looking for submissions for the 2008 -2009 edition. As alumni and ambassadors of Wagner, this is the perfect opportunity to highlight work you are doing,  provide a platform for the issues you believe are important, and best of all, get yourself published. The Review accepts all types of pieces: long research papers, short research pieces, op-eds, book reviews, interviews, research generated from field work, etc.  Any questions, inquiries about style parameters and pieces for submission can be sent to wagner.review@gmail.com. Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2008.



Alumni Insights: Alumni in the International Field

Share your insights with us!

Do you work overseas or at an international NGO?  Know anyone who does?  Alumni in this field are difficult to keep track of and we're working to get a better sense of where our alumni are located or working in the international arena.  Let us know your whereabouts by emailing wagner.alumni@nyu.edu with "Alumni Insights" in the subject line. 



Alumni Scholarship Fund

In addition to submitting a nomination for one of the fellowships mentioned above - or for a general Alumni Scholarship, alumni can also make contributions to help build the Alumni Scholarship Fund, which is part of the Wagner Annual Fund.  You can make an online contribution or mail 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 Alumni Scholarship Fund in the memo.

THANK YOU for the difference you make by supporting NYU Wagner.



Did You Know...?

Kaine Agary (MPA '97) has won the 2008 Nigeria Prize for Literature for her first novel, Yellow-Yellow, published in 2006.  In 2007, the novel won Victor Nwankwo's Book of the Year Award and the ANA/Chevron Prize for Environmental Writing. Kaine currently runs an NGO in Lagos called DTalkshop, which works to educate people about their rights. Congratulations, Kaine.

Carl Carlucci (MPA '86) has been named vice chancellor and vice president for administration and finance at the University of Houston and the UH System.  He will also serve as the University's chief financial officer.  Congratulations, Carl.

Miguel Centeno (MPA '96) was awarded the "LISTA 2008 Corporate Citizen Award" from the Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association, (LISTA).  Congratulations, Miguel.

Allan Renz (MPA '82), who left his career on Wall Street in 1992 for a career in golf, has been named one of the top 50 golf teachers in the US by Golf Range magazine and is the only New Yorker on the list.  He currently intructs at Chelsea Piers Golf Academy.  Congratulations, Allan.

Michele Shenfeld (MPA '74) has been appointed executive director and vice president of Hudson Valley Blood Services, a division of New York Blood Center. Congratulations, Michele.

Wilhelmina Waldman (MPA '99) is now Director of Campaign Giving at The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan. The mission of The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan is to build an inclusive Jewish community that celebrates the strength of diversity. Congratulations, Wilhelmina.



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!