Wagner School Alumni eNews – September 2006

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Top Stories


Reduced Government Contract Management Fuels Federal Misspending and Waste, Prof. Paul Light tells the Washington Post


A multibillion-dollar rise in federal security contracting since 9/11 has been accompanied by widespread waste and misspending, according to a bipartisan congressional report � a phenomenon abetted, according to Professor Paul Light, by the winnowing of government expertise and staffing to manage the contracts. To read his comments in the Washington Post front-page article, click here (registration required).

New Affiliation Group for Wagner Student and Alumni Runners

'04 Grad Ken Wong and current Wagner Student Jen D. have started a Wagner Running Group. So, if you're training for the NYC Marathon, a 10K, or just want to keep off some graduate pounds and network as the miles fly by, join Ken and Jen this Saturday for a six mile run and get to know fellow students and alumni while running in the city. Open to runners of all levels, paces and goals. Meet at 8:30 am at the New York Road Runners office at 9 East 89th St. (come with $2 for post-run refreshments). Email Ken or Jen to sign up for Saturday, or for more information.


Events and Regional Activities:
September/October 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.

  • Sept. 7, 12 to 2:30 pm - 5 Years after 9/11. For more info, go online.
  • Sept. 7, 4 to 6 pm - The Broken Branch: How Congress is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track. Hosted by the John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress at NYU Wagner & The American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Kimmel Center, Room 914, 60 Washington Square So. RSVP to Brademas Center or to 212-998-2269.
  • Sept. 9, 8:30 am - Wagner Running Group. Email Ken or Jen for more info.
  • Sept. 11, 6:30 to 8:30 pm - Afghan Women's Network (AWN): Women, War and the Work Ahead. With Afifa Azim, Executive Director of AWN and Erica Isaac, NYU Wagner student and Director of Advocacy for AWN. For more info or to register, go online.
  • Sept. 14, 5 - 8 pm Idealist.org Graduate School Fair hosted by NYU Wagner. For more information or to register, go online.
  • Sept. 21, 6:30 pm Wagner Alumni Association Board Meeting. Email Lisa Taylor for more information.
  • Sept. 22, 12 to 2 pm - NYU Wagner OCS Resume and Coverletter Writing Workshop. For more info or to register, visit the Career Directory.
  • Sept. 23, 6:30 pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: ALABAMA. Alumni Donor Reception at the Bienville Club. For more information or to register, go online.
  • Sept. 26, 8 am to 12:30 pm - CONFERENCE: Good to Go: Transit Options for Older Adults. Hosted by the NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management. Kimmel Center, Rosenthal Pavilion. To register, call (212) 992-9864 or visit the Rudin website.
  • Sept. 27, 12 to 1:30 pm - Discussion with Lisa Jordan of the Ford Foundation on Governance and Civil Society. More information coming soon.
  • Sept. 27, 6 to 8 pm -NYU Wagner OCS Interviewing & Salary Negotiation Workshop. For more info or to register, visit the Career Directory.
  • Sept. 28, 12:30 to 2 pm - BROWN BAG SERIES: Conflict, Security, and Development: Issues, Actors, and Approaches. For more info or to register, go online.
  • Sept. 28, 6:30 to 8:30 pm - NYU Women's Initiative: Moving Pictures, American Art and Early Film (1880-1910). For more information, contact Carol Gardner.
  • Sept. 28, 7 to 8:30 pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: CHICAGO. Alumni Reception featuring Dean Sally Blount-Lyon, of NYU Stern. For more information, go online.
  • Oct. 17, 6:30 to 7:45 pm - Speakers on the Square: Maria Bartiromo (WSC '78). For more information, please contact NYU Alumni Services or 212.998.6912
  • Oct. 17, 6 to 8 pm - SAVE THE DATE: The Metro NY Chapter of the American Planning Association and NYU Wagner host an event in honor of Jane Jacobs. More information coming soon.
  • Oct. 17, 6:30 pm Wagner Alumni Association Board Meeting. Email Lisa Taylor for more information.


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:

  • Executive Director, Brooklyn Child and Family Services
  • Managing Director, Corporate Accountability International
  • Senior Program Director, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
  • Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, Groundwork, Inc.
  • Senior Associate for Government Affairs, Human Rights First
  • Managing Editor, Management Sciences for Health
  • Program Director, National Council for Research on Women
  • Senior Human Rights Officer, United Nations

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.


New Additions to the Wagner Faculty

We're happy to report five additions to our faculty.

Rogan Kersh will become our Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and an Associate Professor of Public Service. Most recently an Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs at the Maxwell School at Syracuse, Rogan has been a Visiting Professor in health policy and politics at Yale and a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow in Health Policy. He is a prolific writer and a frequent television and radio commentator, and his research interests include US political history and health policy issues. Rogan earned his PhD from Yale University.

Dall W. Forsythe will join us as a Professor of Practice, and will lead our finance specialization. Dall was a Distinguished Lecturer at Baruch's School of Public Affairs, served on the faculty at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and taught political science and finance at Columbia, where he also earned his PhD. His management experience crosses the public, private, and nonprofit sectors; he has been Budget Director for NY State and the NYC Board of Education; Managing Director in Lehman Brothers' Public Finance Department and at MBIA (a financial guarantee company); and Chief Administrative Officer for the Episcopal Diocese of NY.

John Gershman joins us as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Public Administration, leading our international specialization while Paul Smoke is on sabbatical. John has held teaching positions at Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley, where he earned his MA in political science. He has been a Research Fellow at the Institute for Health and Social Justice, the Director of the Global Affairs Program at the International Relations Center and Co-Director of Foreign Policy in Focus, a progressive think tank on US foreign policy and international affairs.

Natasha Iskander is a new Assistant Professor of Public Policy. Natasha received her PhD in Management from MIT in 2005 and spent the past year in a post-doctoral position at the International Center for Advanced Studies at NYU. Her recent research activities focused on international migration policies in Europe, North Africa, Latin America and the US and she has published nationally and internationally articles on international labor and migration issues.

Shanna Rose is a new Assistant Professor of Public Financial Management. She earned her PhD in political economy and government from Harvard. She has been a Teaching Fellow at Harvard and most recently an Assistant Professor of Political Science at SUNY-Stony Brook. Her research and teaching interests include public budgeting, state and local politics, public finance, political economy, American politics, and quantitative methods.


Start the School Year Off Right!

Didn't make the August 31st deadline for a contribution to last year's NYU Wagner Annual fund? That's alright - we appreciate your support anytime! Make an Online Contribution, send gifts through the return envelopes that come with the Wagner Update, or by mailing 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 Annual Fund.

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...?

Kara Aylward (MPA '01) is a Foreign Service Officer, working in the American Citizen Services section of the American Embassy in Greece. In her work, she has acted as a site officer for a visit from Condelezza Rice and helped a congressional delegation meet with the Foreign Minister of Greece. Most recently, Kara worked in Cyprus on the evacuation of American citizens from Lebanon.

Matt Bednar (MPA '02) is a Senior Manager of Clinical Operations for the Section of Geriatrics at Emory Health Caree. In this role, Matt is responsible for the daily operations of the Geriatric outpatient clinic, while financially overseeing all professional billing areas including outpatient, inpatient, nursing home, and hospice locations.

Tom Gelozin (MPA '78) recently completed the Virginia Executive Institute (Virginia's select program for senior state executives). He also was recently reappointed as the Director of Finance for the State Attorney General and re-elected as the Treasurer for Virginia Supportive Housing Board of Directors.

Lewis Marshall (MS '92), M.D., J.D., is a founding member of the unprecedented American Board of Disaster Medicine instituted by the American Board of Physician Specialties. This marks the first time in the history of medicine that physicians may earn board certification in disaster medicine. The certification in disaster medicine was formed after two years of intense focus on the subject because of the need for physician responders to effectively organize and coordinate disaster planning.

Jim Rathlesberger (MPA '86) has served as Executive Officer of the California Board of Podiatric Medicine since 1989. A leader in implementing reforms advocated by the Pew Health Professions Commission, the Cal BPM is the only doctor-licensing board in the nation to have implemented a Continuing Competence program. Licensees are required to meet at least one peer-reviewed indicator of continuing competence at each two-year renewal, over and above continuing medical education. Opposed by organized medicine, the Continuing Competence program seems to be contributing to a steady longitudinal decline in patient complaints.

Seth Rosen (MPA '05) is the new Director of Development at Millennium Promise, an international NGO based in New York City. Co-founded by groundbreaking economist Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Millennium Promise is an innovative, bold and rapidly growing nonprofit organization whose vision is the eradication of extreme global poverty by 2025. Its unique focus is the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals developed by the United Nations � the world's time-bound objectives for tackling extreme poverty, disease and hunger.


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