Trena Drayton
Assistant Dean of Fiscal Operations and Human Resources

Presently the Assistant Dean of Fiscal Operations and Human Resources at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, Trena Drayton has seventeen years of human resources, finance, investment, and operations experience.  She is responsible for directing and implementing a human capital and financial strategy that incorporates global, mission-driven objectives for various stakeholders.  She also serves on the executive leadership team responsible for determining Wagner’s core strategy.

Ms. Drayton’s background is diverse and dynamic. Her career began at JP Morgan & Co. Incorporated as an Audit and Compliance Analyst and, soon thereafter, Director of Diversity. In this role, she contributed insight on performance measurement and innovative approaches to organizational change. Prior to joining NYU Wagner, she was an Associate at Relativity Capital where her primary responsibilities included financial analysis, due diligence management, and investment recommendations for lower-middle market private equity acquisition targets.  Her background also includes small business advisement and real estate investing along with terms at UBS Investment Bank in London and JP Morgan & Co. Incorporated. 

Ms. Drayton is an active board member of the Success Charter Network, a grouping of progressive charter schools in New York City.  She earned an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.S. in accounting from Hampton University.

Semester Course
Spring 2014 PADM-GP.2135.002 Developing Human Resources

Designed for public and non-profit managers rather than human resource professionals, this course gives a broad overview of HR dynamics and responsibilities. It will cover basic HR functions such as recruitment, career development, performance appraisal and rewards, providing feedback and job design. It will also explore current issues within HR management, which could include diversity and identity at work, the role of unions, or other topics. The course will include practical application through case discussions and reflection on students? work experiences. While it will focus on values-based organizations, it will compare HR practices in the public, non-profit and for-profit sectors.


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