Interests: Social entrepreneurship, professional development, Jewish studies
Justin Rosen Smolen is a third-year student in the NYU Wagner/Skirball MPA-MA in Hebrew and Judaic Studies program. Having received his MPA from Wagner in May 2012, Justin is currently completing the requirements for his MA in Hebrew and Judaic Studies in the Graduate School of Arts and Science. Alongside his studies, Justin is participating in the Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program. Justin currently works as the Program Director at PresenTense, an incubator that fosters the next generation of social entrepreneurs by helping innovators build new ideas into transformational ventures. Previously, Justin directed CLIP: The Collegiate Leadership Internship Program, an undergraduate internship program that cultivates emerging Jewish professional and lay leaders in the Jewish community. Prior to graduate school, Justin participated in Insight: The Schusterman Fellowship for Jewish Community, a two-year professional development program that brought Justin to three Jewish nonprofits for seven-month work placements. As an undergraduate, Justin attended the dual-degree program between Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he received bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and Jewish thought.