Wagner School Alumni eNews – September, 2005

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Wagner Prof. Light Pens Oped on Katrina's Lesson in Readiness for Washington Post


"Even as the Gulf Coast states battle to recover from Hurricane Katrina, Washington should take heed of the chaos surrounding the early relief effort," writes Paul Light in the Washington Post. "If this is what happens when the nation has two days of advance warning, imagine the aftermath of a surprise attack using a chemical, biological or nuclear device." Read more.

NYU Launches re-designed Alumni Website

The NYU Alumni website had a facelift this summer, and is now back with new features and enhanced functionality. Tool around the new site and find out more about the benefits to being an NYU Alum - visit the NYU Alumni Website today!

Public Service Today: Incarceration and Prisoner Re-entry Policy in America

In partnership with Professor Dennis Smith, The Wagner Policy Alliance, and the NYU Press, Wagner's Public Service Today Seminars begin this year with a breakfast policy forum with leading justice system experts Michael Jacobson, President of the Vera Institute of Justice; Wagner Alum Jeremy Travis, President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice and author of But They All Come Back; and Wagner alum and NYC Department of Correction and Probation Commissioner Martin Horn. RSVP to this exciting discussion online.

Wagner Student Jason Yoon is NY1's New Yorker of the Week

Wagner student Jason Yoon, a co-founder of 7 Arts, a program that "uses art and writing to give teens an avenue to express themselves while discovering inner talents," was named New York 1's "New Yorker of the Week." Read and watch more.


Events and Regional Activities:
September/October 2005


Talks, Receptions 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. 13 - PRIMARY DAY - Don't forget to Vote!
  • Sept. 14, 2:30 to 6 pm - NYU Wagner�s Office of International Programs presents a live webcast of the UNDP/UNEP Poverty and Environment Initiative INVESTING IN THE ENVIRONMENT TO FIGHT POVERTY: The Economic Case and Priorities for Action. For more info, visit the UNDP website.
  • Sept. 15, 11 am to 12:45 pm - WASHINGTON DC: John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress First Annual Bernard & Irene Schwartz Lecture on Congress, featuring U.S. Senator Richard G. Lugar (R-IN) and U.S. Senator Paul S. Sarbanes (D-MD). RSVP to The Brademas Center.
  • Sept. 15, 6:30 to 8 pm - NYU Recent Alumni Network Happy Hour at the Torch Club. Visit the RAN Webpage for more details.
  • Sept. 16, 7:00 to 9:00 pm - "Leadership, Performance and Social Change: The Art of �Acting� in the World" A panel on the role of performance arts in policy and social change. RSVP online.
  • Sept. 29, 8 am to 10 am - PUBLIC SERVICE TODAY: Incarceration and Prisoner Re-entry Policy in America with Michael Jacobson, President of the Vera Institute of Justice; Jeremy Travis, President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice and NYC Department of Correction and Probation Commissioner Martin Horn. RSVP online.
  • Sept. 29, 12 pm to 2 am - "Nonprofit Policy Discussions: The Under-Utilization of Readily-Available Academic Research" with the Governance Matters Education Committee.
  • Oct. 4, 7 - 9 pm - "Political Expressions through Art." presented by Wagner Student Groups, the Alliance of Latino/Latin American Students (ALAS) and the Student Network Exploring Arts and Culture (SNEAC)
  • Oct. 6, 6:15 - 8:15 pm - "Is There a Vaccine Against Prejudice" The NYU Alumni Association's Speakers on the Square Lecture. For more information, visit the Speakers Webpage.
  • Oct. 15, 7 to 9 pm - NYU Recent Alumni Network Event: Midori (GAL '00) at the New York Philharmonic. For more info., call (212) 998-6946.
  • Oct. 26, 8 to 10 am - PUBLIC SERVICE TODAY: I am My Own Boss - The Nuts and Bolts of Being an Independent Consultant (offered as part of the Wagner OCS Career Weeks). RSVP info coming soon.
  • Oct. 27, 6:30 to 8:30 pm - "Pre-Election Forum: Civil Rights Then and Now," hosted by The Women of Color Policy Network. RSVP info coming soon.

Office of Career Services Events

For updated listings and event details, see the Wagner Career Services Calendar. To RSVP for OCS events, see the OCS Event RSVP Form.

  • Sept. 23, 12 to 1 pm - Resume & Cover Letter Writing Workshop
  • Sept. 30, 12 to 1 pm - Chemonics International Inc. Employer Information Session
  • Oct. 3, 12 to 1 pm - Trickle Up Employer Information Session
  • Oct. 6, 12 to 1 pm - Courtyard Group Healthcare Consulting Employer Information Session
  • Oct. 17, 12 to 1 pm - U.S. Department of State Employer Information Session
  • Oct. 21, 12 to 1 pm - Human Rights Watch Employer Information Session
  • Oct. 26, 12 to 1 pm - Inner Views of Interviewing, with Dave Ong, College Recruiting Program Manager for MAXIMUS, a leading government consulting firm based in Reston, Virginia


Office of Career Services: Stay Involved through ACAP


It�s that time of year again - NYU Wagner�s OCS is recruiting for our Alumni Career Advisement Program (ACAP). ACAP�s purpose is to foster professional relationships within the Wagner community and to connect Wagner alumni with current and former students interested in career exploration. Right now, over 325 alumni are signed up to the ACAP program, a 40% increase from last year! Join your friends in helping students and other alumni by signing up as an ACAP volunteer. Watch your mailbox for our ACAP registration mailing, or sign up to be an advisor through our online form.


Don't Forget: Check out the OCS Career Directory for a variety of jobs postings, including mid- and senior-level openings at OCS Website.


Wagner OCS to Launch New Student Advisement Program

Modeled after the Alumni Career Advisement Program, Wagner's Office of Career Services is launching CAWWS - Career Advisement With Working Students - this September. Developed in conjunction with Wagner's Part-Time Student Committee, the purpose of CAWWS is to connect current working students with other students and alumni interested in career exploration, with the emphasis being on information gathering and fostering professional relationships. CAWWS is a program designed to leverage the considerable professional expertise of Wagner's own students for the benefit of others.



Mark Your Calendars, Planners: APA Conference April 2006


Professor Rae Zimmerman, director of Wagner's Urban Planning program, wants ensure that all the planners out there were aware that the American Planning Association (APA) will hold the 2006 National Planning Conference April 22-26, in San Antonio. Make sure your calendars are marked, as Wagner will definitely have a presence there will gather together your alumni friends and planning colleagues. Stay Tuned! Find out more about the conference at APA webpage.



Wagner Annual Fund




You helped us surpass our Annual Fund goal of $250,000 this year, and we are extremely appreciative of your support. As you know, Annual Fund dollars go towards providing scholarships to deserving students, enhancing our stellar academic programs, and helping Wagner attract and retain the best faculty members to educate future public service leaders. For those of you who haven't given, start off the new academic year right - make an online contribution and be sure to indicate that your gift should go to support NYU Wagner.

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


Did You Know...?


Elizabeth Cooper (MPA '03) is the Project Home Run Associate for the NYC Dept. of Education, where she is working within a management team to transform human resources at DOE by creating more effective and efficient systems as well as expanding and developing new HR policies and programs.


Lisa Dribben (MPA '97) recently joined Tufts Health Plan as the Manager of Corporate Strategy and Product Development. Tufts Health Plan is a Waltham, Massachusetts based health plan nationally recognized for its commitment to providing innovative, high-quality health care coverage. Congratulations, Lisa.

Louise T. Gantress (MPA '77) has recently accepted a position with the Westchester County (NY) Board of Legislators. Congratulations, Louise.

Nick Molinari (MUP '05) was recently hired as the City Planner - Staten Island and Lower Manhattan Project Manager for the NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation's Planning Division. Congratulations, Nick.

Steven Peelor (MPA '98) manages several affordable housing finance programs in Los Angeles for Century Housing, which provides predevelopment, construction, and permanent mortgage loans used to create and improve rental and for-sale housing for low and moderate income families and seniors. Steven is now Program Manager for Century Housing's newest lending program, The Century Community Lending Company. This program is a new partnership with several large national banks to provide financing for the development of workforce housing. Modeled on successful programs in New York and Chicago, CCLC works with small, entrepreneurial developers. Congratulations, Steven.

Kevin Rex (MPA '99) is currently serving as a Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada in the Privy Council Office. Kevin is responsible for providing advice and presenting recommendations to the Prime Minister, Cabinet and senior government officials on issues related to conflict in Africa, the United Nations, and international development and cooperation policy.

Courtney Smith (MPA '05) is a Healthcare Consultant for GE Healthcare's Performance Solutions department. In this role, Courtney is working with hospitals to implement both quality initiatives using six sigma and LEAN tools and is looking at how to enhance revenue within hospitals. Congratulations, Courtney.

Jacob Victory (MPA '98) is the chief liaison for the President and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, staffing the CEO on corporate projects of a $1 billion home health and community-based organization that serves 30,000 patients daily. Jacob works on setting the strategic objectives, monitoring financial, capacity, marketing, quality, innovation and technology trends, indicators and targets; assists in the writing of all of the CEO's presentations and speeches; is involved in corporate projects that span development, business growth, technology and marketing. and also staffs the Board of Directors and the Board's Executive Committee, as well as various committees and ad hoc projects.

Nellie Yeretsian (MPA '05) is Project Manager for Brigham & Women's Hospital, where she is working as Special Projects Manager for a diabetes outreach program for an outpatient practice. Congratulations, Nellie.


Be 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..."!