Shifra Bronznick
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration

Shifra Bronznick is a consultant who specializes in creating new initiatives and helping non-for-profit organizations navigate change. Shifra has consulted to a broad range of organizations, including the Public Education Network, The Fresh Air Fund, Hebrew Union College-JIR, American Jewish World Service, the Medicare Rights Center, Ma'yan, the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the NYU Research Center for Leadership in Action at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, and the United Jewish Communities.

Shifra is the Founding President of Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community, an initiative selected as one of the fifty most innovative and effective Jewish organizations by "Slingshot." Co-author of the book, Leveling the Playing Field, she created the National Women's Leadership Initiative and convened Impact & Influence, a summit for women volunteer leaders.

Shifra was co-organizer of Conference for Change, a convening sponsored by the Schusterman and Berrie Foundations, aimed at accelerating progress on inclusiveness and diversity. The leadership strategist to the White House Project virtually since its inception, Shifra designed the program for their National Women's Leadership Summits, which brought together the most influential women in business, government, not-for-profit and academia. Her newest initiative for the White House Project, "Women Rule," is a groundbreaking leadership program for women that has been launched in partnership with O, the Oprah Magazine.

Previously, Shifra served as Executive Vice-President of Swig, Weiler & Arnow Mgt. Co., Inc., one of the premier commercial real estate firms in New York.


Semester Course
Fall 2012 EXEC-GP.1194.002 Exec MPA Seminar: Strategic Leadership for Public Service Organizations

Only open to Executive MPA students.

Strategic Leadership is an advanced seminar designed to equip mid-career students with the tools, perspectives, and frameworks for executing high-impact strategy within mission-driven organizations. Topics include conceptual frameworks for understanding high impact organizations and the role of strategic leadership, analytical tools for developing and assessing strategy, approaches to working with stakeholders to mobilize commitment, and methods for leading change and achieving scale. We will explore a wide range of sources from established approaches to strategic planning and management to emerging practices such as narrative leadership and a campaign approach to change and will draw heavily on the experiences students bring to the classroom as well.

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Date Publication/Paper

Shifra Bronznick and Didi Goldenhar 2008. 21st Century Women's Leadership Research Center for Leadership in Action, October 2008
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This report - the product of a partnership between the White House Project and RCLA - gives a glimpse into candid discussions among top women executives about leadership styles, ambivalence about ambition, and the role race plays as women confront not just a single glass ceiling but a series of challenges in "the labyrinth of leadership."