NYU Wagner Alumni e-News – September 2008

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Remembering Dick Netzer
Please join us and the Netzer family as we honor the memory and celebrate the life of Dick Netzer, dean of our school from 1969 through 1982.  NYU Wagner will hold a tribute to Dick on Monday, September 22, 5 - 7 pm. Program begins at 5:30 and will be held in the Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor.  Please let Emily Gadd know if you will be attending.

Newly Formed Recent Alumni Committee to Host a Happy Hour for Classes Graduating in Last 5 Years on 9/24/08
Catch up with old friends. Make new ones. Reconnect with Wagner. Network with fellow alumni.  A few recent grads are creating a Recent Alumni Committee and WANT YOUR FEEDBACK: What can Wagner do to help strengthen its Recent Alumni network? What do you want as a recent alum? What networking, continuing-ed, social, and other types of activities would you attend/encourage others to attend? This will be the first of hopefully many Recent Alumni events and will be held back at the Puck to get things started. The happy hour is on Wednesday, September 24th from 6 to 8pm with a suggested donation of $10. Please encourage your fellow classmates to attend and RSVP online early as we anticipate a large crowd.

Professor Paul Light Publishes Study on Crisis Readiness
Paul Light has completed a study on the level of crisis readiness among government, business, and nonprofit organizations across the United States. The findings reveal a large number of organizations lack effective preparedness programs to respond to and recover from a crisis despite estimates that crises to come may be more frequent and complex. In his report, Light points to a broadly held belief that there is direct relationship between population and hazards such that as population increases, the number of hazards proportionately increases. Read more.



Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
September/October 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:

Conflict Security and Development Series: Where We Stand: 7 Years after the 9/11 Attacks

Savings in Microfinance: Direction, Lessons, and Evidence from the Field

Women of Wagner (WOW)

2007-2008 Wagner Review Launch Party

Conflict Security and Development Series: Rethinking Democratic Interventions in the Midst of War: Case Study Afghanistan

OIP: Open House Reception

APA Student Conference & Career Fair

The US and World Foreign Policy and the 2008 Elections Series: Nuclear Weapons and Non-proliferation in South Asia

RCLA Presents the Latin American Series: Immigration Diaspora and Politics

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

"The Indian City... Who Counts?"

Recent Alumni Committee Kick-Off Happy Hour (Classes 2003 to 2008)

Climate and Water Series: Daniel Hillel, Senior Research Scientist, Center for Climate Systems Research

Conflict Security and Development Series: Brain Drain? The Implications of Africa’s Emigrating Health Workforce

Bridge Bash 2008

The United States and the World Foreign Policy and the 2008 Elections Series: Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet, The New Geo-politics of Energy

Conflict Security and Development Series: Perspectives on Political Development: What Today's Democratizers Can Learn from

Corporate Social Responsibility: Global Implications

The United States and the World Foreign Policy and the 2008 Elections Series: Human Rights and Military Force: The Past, Present, and Furture of Interventions

Evangelical Does Not Equal Republican or Democrat

Conflict Security and Development Series: Nuclear Armament as a Barrier to Development

Climate and Water Series: Fred Pearce, Author of When the Rivers Run Dry

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

Conflict Security and Development Series: Competition and Development: Using Law and Policy to Harness Globalization and Markets for Developing Countries


  • 9/10/2008, 7 to 9pm - L.A. Alumni Election Discussion. At the home of Don and Kevin Norte. Contact Wendy Bernal for more info.


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:

  • Deputy Director,
    The Barr Foundation (Massachusetts)
  • Outreach Manager,
    Climate Registry (California)
  • Housing & Economic Development Planner,
    Ferrandino Associates, Inc.
  • Director, Public Finance Healthcare,
    Fitch Ratings
  • Associate Director of Operations,
    Human Rights Watch
  • Executive Director, Policy & Planning,
    NYC Dept. of Small Business Services
  • Deputy Director,
    NYC Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene
  • Administrative Director,
    Sakhi for South Asian Women

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

Gail Sussman (MUP '80) is the Group Managing Director of the Public Finance Department at Moody's Investors Service and just celebrated her 24th anniversary with the company. In her current role, Sussman is responsible for all rating and research activities for debt issued by municipal initiatives and nonprofits, including state and local governments, healthcare, higher education, cultural institutions, philanthropic organizations, housing, and infrastructure. She oversees a team of 140 people across five cities from New York to Boston, Chicago, Dallas, and San Francisco. When asked about her career since receiving her degree, she points out that back then, it wasn't common to plan out one's career aggressively the way it is now - in fact, it wasn't even common to go to grad school. But after spending twenty-five years in the field, she is still passionate about the business she is in. "It's an environment filled with people who really believe in the work that we do," she says. Read more.


Mentoring Opportunity

The Wagner Education Policy Studies Association and The Wagner Volunteer Corps invite you to join Wagner's team of mentors (students, alumni, faculty, and staff), in partnership with the Urban Assembly, at a nearby public school. As a mentor, you will have the opportunity to provide academic and emotional support to a student, including guidance through school and personal relationships, discussing college preparation, and exploring career options. Information Sessions: Tuesday, September 9, 4:00-5:00 pm or Wednesday, September 10, 6:30-7:30 pm, Jersey Conference Room, The Puck Building. Contact Rachelle Rochelle (Wagner Education Policy Studies Assoc.) or Beatriz Maass (Wagner Volunteer Corps) for more information.


Check out the Current Issue of the Wagner Planner

The latest edition of The Wagner Planner is now on view online.  In this issue: Industrial Retention in NYC, Latinos in Planning, a Public Life Survey, and much more...


Wagner Review - Call for Submissions

The Wagner Review is the student-run policy journal of the Wagner School. We are currently looking for submissions for the 2008 -2009 edition. As alumni and ambassadors of Wagner, this is the perfect opportunity to highlight the work you are doing out in the world and to provide a platform for the issues that you believe we need to be thinking about in the world of public service. Any questions and pieces for submission can be sent to wagner.review@gmail.com. Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2008!



Alumni Insights: Advice for New Students

Share your insights with us!

Last week marked the start of a new academic year and Wagner welcomed over 350 incoming students. Do you have any advice to offer them from your experience in grad school? What do you wish you had known when you first started your course at Wagner. We'd love to pass your advice on to new students.To share your thoughts, please email wagner.alumni@nyu.edu with "Alumni Insights" in the subject line.


We Reached our Goal, Thanks to You! We Hope You'll Help Once More...

Alumni and friends contributing to the Annual Fund in 2008 helped us reach a goal of over $300,000 for core programs at Wagner.  September 1st marked the start of the new fiscal year and with new energy we are hoping to receive 1,000 gifts this year from just alumni alone. Please help us get off to a strong start by making an online contribution today. Donations can also be sent 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 NYU Wagner.


Did You Know...?

Byung-Joon Ahn (MS '99) has joined St. Luke's Cataract & Laser Institute in Tarpon Springs, FL. Dr. Ahn is an ophthalmologist specializing in vitreous and retinal diseases.  Congratulations, Byung-Joon.

Elizabeth Alter (MPA-PNP '08) recently began a new job as a program coordinator for Peace Games. Congratulations, Elizabeth.

Lauren Brust (MUP '08) recently accepted a position with Steven Winter Associates working as a consultant on their LEED EB projects. Congratulations, Lauren.

James Cody (MPA '81) has been named interim medical center director of the VA Western New York Healthcare System in Buffalo. Congratulations, James.

John Garrison (MPA '64) has recently retired after a long career as the CEO of the Easter Seals and later of the American Lung Association. He received national attention for his anti-tobacco efforts and has been recognized by Henry Kissinger and former U.S. Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop.

Mitja Che Ng-Baumhackl (MPA-PNP '00) is a Portfolio Director at AARP, a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and older. After four years of strategic planning on financial security issues on behalf of 39 million members, he now develops and manages AARP's affordable housing agenda.

Shola Olatoye (MPA-PNP '01) had a letter to the editor published in the New York Times in response to the NYT Magazine's article, "Is Obama the End of Black Politics?" Read it here.

Stephen Rolandi (MPA '80) recently became CFO for the New York City Police Athletic League. Founded in 1914, PAL is New York City's largest, independent nonprofit youth organization. Congratulations, Stephen.

Karrin Smoley (MPA-PNP '07) recently started in a new position as the Gender-Based Violence Program Manager at the International Rescue Committee. Congratulations, Karrin.

Sultan Torshkhoev (MPA-Health '07) holds the newly created position of Health and Forensic Services Project Director at the New York City AllianceAgainst Sexual Assault. Congratulations, Sultan.




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!