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11/17/2015 "Earth, Soul, Fire: The Ceramics of David Elcott" Gallery Reception

Join us in celebrating the opening of Earth, Soul, Fire, the Fall/Winter 2015 exhibition at the Gallery Space at Wagner. Curated by Frankie Crescioni-Santoni, Earth, Soul, Fire features ceramics and works on clay by artist and NYU Wagner faculty member David Elcott.

Elcott fuses a wide range of interests and influences into his prolific ceramic practice — from garden-to-table and utilitarian artisanship to faith-based, scripture, and social justice research. Having studied with many master artists from the Middle East, Africa, and Japan, he finds peace and introspection in the studio, where clay becomes a vehicle for meditation.

11/17/2015 NYU Wagner Open House

The best way to get a broad introduction to NYU Wagner is to attend an Open House. In this Open House, you will learn about NYU Wagner's Masters programs and its vision for a public service education re-framed. You will hear in-depth descriptions of our programs, get important information about admissions and financial aid, as well as have an opportunity to meet faculty and current students. This open house is relevant for anyone interested in our Masters or Executive Masters programs.

At the start a faculty member will speak about NYU Wagner broadly. Other faculty will then lead small group discussions by degree program with current students.

Sign in begins at 5:45pm and the event begins promptly at 6:00pm

11/16/2015 “Income Inequality: Why It Matters and Why Most Economists Didn’t Notice” with Matthew P. Drennan

Please join us for a discussion with visiting scholar and author of Income Inequality: Why It Matters and Why Most Economists Didn’t Notice, Matthew P. Drennan. Drennan demonstrates the link between income inequality and the 2008 financial crisis and Great Recession. This presentation will be followed by questions and discussion with the audience. 

11/13/2015 Panel Discussion on Affordable Housing Tax Policy

Join NYU Wagner Economics and Finance Association (WEFA) and the Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA) for a discussion on affordable housing tax policies. The panel includes speakers Matthew Murphy from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), James McIntyre from Morgan Stanley and Andrew Moelis from L+M Development Partners. Our speakers represent affordable housing from the perspectives of tax policy, financing and development of affordable housing units. The panel will be moderated by Professor Mark Willis the Executive Director and a Resident Research Fellow at New York University’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. This is also a great opportunity to meet with the distinguished speakers over pizza and wine after the panel discussion!


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Matthew Murphy, Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Planning, Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)

Matthew Murphy is the Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Planning at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) where he is responsible for analyzing and implementing major HPD initiatives.  Prior to his tenure at HPD he worked at the New York City Housing Development Corporation as a Senior Policy Analyst and Preservation Underwriter.  In these roles he analyzed a variety policy issues affecting affordable housing development in the City of New York and underwrote affordable housing transactions.  A native of Chicago, IL and an alum of the Americorps VISTA program, Matthew has a B.S. from DePaul University in Business Administration and an M.U.P. from New York University.


James McIntyre, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley

Mr. McIntyre has thirteen years of housing finance experience. He joined Morgan Stanley in June 2008 from the housing group at UBS where he had been a member of the housing group since 2002. Mr. McIntyre has worked with over 20 state HFAs in the implementation of their multi-family and single-family capital plans. Mr. McIntyre has extensive experience with developing complex financing structures, incorporating both taxable and tax-exempt bond issuances, including work with both the New York City Housing Development Corporation and the New York State Housing Finance Agency.  Mr. McIntyre graduated with High Distinction from the University of Michigan with a degree in Political Science and Afro-American and African Studies, and most recently received a certificate in Media Studies from the New School in New York.


Andrew Moelis, Project Manager, L+M Development Partners

Andrew joined L+M Development Partners in 2014 as a project manager.  He has since focused primarily on the acquisition and rehabilitation of existing portfolios of affordable housing, repositioning the assets using a combination of bank debt, city subsidy, and federal Low Income Housing Credits.  He has closed on over 1,500 preservation units in the past 18 months, and is also involved in new construction mixed-income housing. Prior to joining L+M, Andrew was an analyst in Citigroup’s Municipal Securities Division and an associate at Empire State Development.  He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.


Mark A. Willis, Executive Director & Resident Research Fellow, NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy

Mark A. Willis is the Executive Director and a Resident Research Fellow at New York University’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. Prior to joining Furman, he enjoyed a year as a Visiting Scholar at the Ford Foundation, working on issues of community development and housing finance reform.  In his 19-year career in community development banking at JPMorgan Chase, Mr. Willis developed and oversaw the bank's programs and products to help strengthen low- and moderate- income communities. Before joining Chase, Mr. Willis held various positions in economic development and tax policy with the City of New York, and from 1986 to 1989, he was Deputy Commissioner for Development of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Before joining the City, he was an urban economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He serves on the boards of a wide range of banking and community-oriented organizations. Over the years, Mr. Willis has written and lectured widely. Most recently, he has published papers on reforming the national housing finance system and the Community Reinvestment Act and participated on panels at a wide range of academic, industry, and government conferences and seminars. Mr. Willis also teaches Housing and Community Development Policy at New York University’s Wagner School. He has a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. degree in urban economics and industrial organization from Yale University.

11/13/2015 Innovation through Education Technology

Innovation through Education Technology is a collaborative event organized by Wagner’s Bridge: Students for Social Innovation, Wagner Tech, and Wagner Education Policy Student Association (WEPSA). Through a discussion with three leaders in the education technology sector and an interactive discussion with the audience, we will highlight social innovation through technology and its power to disrupt systems’ design and practice to make improvements in the pre-K-12 education sector. We will:

- Introduce speaker innovations that have “disrupted” a systems and practices in the pre-K-12 education sector
- Address the human angle: benefits/challenges for students & teachers
- Discuss how we innovate new systems to use within the education sector that are user centered, accessible, and affordable

11/12/2015 UN Career Panel

Interested in working for the United Nations or its sister organizations? Join us for a panel discussion on careers in the UN and learn about ways in which the UN and other affiliated organizations are creating better access to resources in Africa and the world at large.

Meet our Panelists:

Ishmael Dadoo, Country Strategy Advisor – UNDP: Ishmael has served in in the various leadership and management capacities at UNDP. He currently serves as a Country Strategic Advisor to the Office of the Assistant Secretary General/ Regional Director for UNDP Africa. Prior to joining UNDP, he worked for ProForest Ltd; a natural resources management Consultancy Company based in Oxford, UK. Apart from his core professional career, he is committed to course of the African Youth.

Diana Sera, Country Grant TA Coordinator – UNICEF: Diana manages several grant at UNICEF, she has worked with USAID as a Monitoring and Evaluation Research Specialist and Manager. Diana graduated from NYU Wagner with International Health Policy and Management; she has also served as president of WSAFA.

Grace Kpohazounde, Political Affairs Officer – UN: Grace works at the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations. In consultation with the appropriate regional divisions, she monitors and advises the Under-Secretary General on political, security and human rights situations in West and Central Africa. Ms. Kpohazounde has a work experience in Benin and South Sudan, Juba and she speaks French, German and Japanese.

Casey Weston, Migration Specialist – World Bank: Casey works with the World Bank as a Migration Specialist focusing on labor mobility in Europe, the Gulf, and South Asia following a Capstone focused on transnational skill recognition. Prior to this, he worked as a Research Assistant with the New Cities Foundation to advance urban-focused technology innovation. While at NYU Wagner, he spent two years designing and implementing sanitation and community development programs in Paraguay as a Peace Corps Volunteer, which supported his academic focus in International Urban Planning. Weston is a graduate of NYU Wagner’s Master of Urban Planning.

Hiwote Getaneh, Technical Research Assistant – MDRC: Hiwote is a social policy research firm. She is currently studying the impact of home visiting programs both in terms of birth outcomes as well as long-term financial impacts. Hiwote obtained her graduate degree in Health Policy from John Hopkins University with a focus on Health Finance. Prior to graduate school, she did an internship with USAID in Dakar, Senegal.

Kingsley Essegbey, Ag. Assistant Director for Research, Students and Community Relations –  NYU Africa House: Kingsley obtained his master’s degree in Bioethics at New York University, enhancing his interdisciplinary background and positioning him in CTED, to contribute on different projects related to sustainable rural development and energy systems, bio-economics, environmental health policy and ethics. He has B.Sc. degree in Environment and development studies, where he understood how Ghana could effectively integrate the natural environment into her development agenda.

11/12/2015 Global Food Security

The growing global food chain is exacerbating immense challenges to food security, nutrition, and sustainable agriculture; and the impact of climate change on global food markets is likely to accelerate growing inequalities worldwide. What actions should be taken by global communities, including public, private, and civil society actors, to build longer-term resilience into the global food system?

11/12/2015 Conversation: A Discussion of Systemic Injustice and Policy with Profs. Wilson & Nordlund

This is the first of a series of informal conversations between faculty and students this year. These conversations are meant to be authentic and timely dialogues where faculty and students can delve deeply into thinking, talking, and identifying how topical issues impact them. Join Professors Carrie Nordlund and Natasha Wilson to talk more about Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration” published in the October 2015 issue of The Atlantic.

RSVP here for this event.

11/12/2015 NYU Wagner Information Session

An information session is a great way to learn more about NYU Wagner and our masters, executive masters, certificate and non-degree programs. We will cover the application process, all our programs and a bit about our employment results: what you can do with a degree from NYU Wagner. There will be plenty of time for questions.

11/12/2015 Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars? with Sam Schwartz

Sam Schwartz, aka Gridlock Sam, talk about his new book Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and The Fall of Cars. You'll be taken on a journey from Ebett's Field in the 1950's to Barclays Center today and discover how the ways we get around shape the places we live.

“A readable and provocative book making the convincing claim that the best city is one in which people can move around easily.” —Kirkus Reviews

11/10/2015 City on a Grid: How New York Became New York

MY CITY BOOK CLUB | City on a Grid: How New York Became New York

When it was conceived in 1811, New York City's street grid was supposed to end the chaos of "old New York" spreading unplanned from Manhattan's southern tip. This mammoth project of physical and social engineering turned the rocky hills and swampy valleys into the city we know today; the thousands of rectangular blocks, lots, and eventually buildings that the grid produced lent a sense of stability and purpose to a young city evolving into greatness. Join Gerard Koeppel, author of City on a Grid: How New York Became New York (Da Capo, 2015), for a conversation with Hilary Ballon, architectural historian, NYU Wagner professor, and curator of the Museum of the City of New York’s blockbuster 2011-12 exhibition, The Greatest Grid. They will discuss the plan that “defined the urbanism of a rising city and nation.” Book signing and reception to follow.

Register for the event here. Use code MCBC1 for discounted $10 tickets!

Co-sponsored by the Museum's Young Members Circle (YMC), the Baruch College Political Science Department, Baruch College Pi Alpha Alpha Chapter, The Bowery Boys, the City College of New York History Department, the CUNY Graduate Center Department of Political Science, the Pace University Political Science Department, and Untapped Cities, LLC.


11/09/2015 Doctoral Program Virtual Information Session

Join us to learn more about NYU Wagner's Doctoral Program in Public Administration. The Faculty Director, program and admissions staff will give a brief overview of the program and the application process. There will be plenty of time for questions.

11/09/2015 Doctoral Program Virtual Information Session

Join us to learn more about NYU Wagner's Doctoral Program in Public Administration.  The Faculty Director, program and admissions staff will give a brief overview of the program and the application process.  There will be plenty of time for questions.  

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11/05/2015 Transformation at the American Red Cross: A Leadership Conversation with Gail McGovern

Join the NYU Leadership Initiative and NYU Wagner for a conversation with Gail McGovern, President and CEO of the American Red Cross. Gail McGovern will share the inspiring story of her journey at the Red Cross, where she has catalyzed a collaborative transformation of the organization. Hear her key leadership lessons and important principles for effective management during times of change or conflict. Following the lecture, Gail McGovern will answer questions during a special Q&A session. 

11/04/2015 From Behind Books to Behind Bars: America's School-to-Prison Pipeline

Join WEPSA, BSA, and ALAS to hear a panel of critical stakeholders discuss the school-to-prison pipeline and its effects on children, families, and communities throughout the U.S. Recognized by the American Civil Liberties Union as a “disturbing national trend wherein children are funneled out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems,” the school-to-prison pipeline manifests itself in “zero-tolerance” policies around behavioral infractions and police presence in schools. Particular attention will be paid to the ways in which systematic discrimination leaves students of color disproportionately impacted by the school-to-prison pipeline.

11/02/2015 Hurricane Sandy: Community Recovery and Resilience

In fall 2012, the New York Women's Foundation launched the Hurricane Sandy Response & Recovery Fund in an effort to support marginalized populations in low-income communities most devastated by the storm. Many marginalized groups, including low-income women, LGBTQ youth, and undocumented immigrants, were likely to fall through the cracks of recovery efforts, and the conditions of poverty already in existence in their communities would be worsened. NYC community leaders and organizations need additional support to lead their communities not only to recovery, but resiliency. 

Three years later, together with grantee partners, the New York Women's Foundation has developed a greater understanding about the importance of investing in low-income communities through a gender lens in the wake of a natural disaster. Some of their learnings can be found in this article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

To continue to move this work forward, the New York Women's Foundation and NYU Wagner are convening a public education forum to discuss the experiences of low-income women in the wake of natural disasters, how community members and organizations must be at the forefront of recovery and resiliency efforts, and the role that philanthropy can play as a strategic funder and partner. 

Karen Bassuk, Director of Rockaway Wellness Partnership, Visiting Nurse Service of New York

Erin McDonald, PhD, Director of Strategic Learning, The New York Women’s Foundation

Luna Ranjit, Executive Director, Adhikaar

Damaris Reyes, Executive Director, Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES)   

Carl Siciliano Executive Director, The Ali Forney Center

Rae Zimmerman, Professory of Planning & Public Administration, NYU Wagner

Michelle DePass, Dean, Professor, Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy


11/02/2015 Webinar: Open Mic with NYU Wagner Students

Join us to hear from current NYU Wagner students about their experience in the program. They will discuss their transition into Wagner and how it is already having an impact on their career. Ample time will be made available for participant questions to be answered.

10/29/2015 APA AICP Info Session

Join us for an informational session and Q&A about APA's AICP credential. Learn about exam preparation, benefits of the credential, and more!

Speaker: Fiona Akins, Vice President of Professional Development for the APA NY Metro Chapter

10/29/2015 Expanding Financial Services to the Poor: Panel Discussion on Financial Access

The Wagner Economics and Finance Association will be hosting a panel discussion on financial access issues. As a broad range of financial institutions start to expand their financial markets to serve low-income populations, it's time to focus on how to improve access to financial services for underserved populations through creative, non-traditional ways. The panel of experts will discuss issues including the varying financial access practices in the US and developing world, the role of gender in access to finance, and the opportunities and challenges of financial access development. Panelists include Bulbul Gupta, Social Impact Consultant, Cathi Kim from the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions, and Professor Scott Taitel from NYU Wagner.


Bulbul Gupta: Bulbul Gupta is a Social Impact Consultant, with 15 years of experience, supporting social enterprises and mission-oriented businesses with business development, strategy, change management, and product development. She is the former Head of Market-Based Approaches for the Clinton Global Initiative, where she worked with major Fortune 500 and Global 3000 corporations, investors, non-profits, and governments on social entrepreneurship, impact investing, and sustainable supply chains. Previously, Bulbul has worked at The Asia Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, USAID, and on and off Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Bulbul currently serves on the Boards of Upaya Social Ventures, and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, serves on the Global Advisory Council of the Cornerstone Capital Group, and advises select family offices and social enterprises/accelerators on blended capital strategies, such as Echoing Green, IDEV International, Acumen, and Grassroots Business Fund. Bulbul has a B.A. in International Affairs at The George Washington University, and an M.P.P. at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. 

Cathi Kim: Cathi Kim is the Associate Director of the Community Development Investments Program at the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions. Cathi’s work at the Federation focuses on portfolio management and researching financial trends and services to low-and moderate-income communities. Prior, Cathi worked on housing and immigrant rights campaigns and complex civil litigations. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and an inaugural Megan. E McLaughlin Fellow for the NYU Women of Color Policy Network’s Lead the Way Leadership and Capacity Building Initiative.


Scott B. Taitel: Professor Scott Taitel is Clinical Associate Professor of Public Service and Director of Social Finance at NYU Wagner. As the former Chief Operating Officer for the Clinton Foundation’s Enterprise Partnership, Professor Taitel was responsible for establishing Impact Investment funds and the creation and oversight of a portfolio of social enterprises throughout the developing world. At the Clinton Foundation, he also had responsibility for the financial, operational and project management of economic development, health and nutrition projects in multiple countries. Prior to joining the Clinton Foundation, Professor Taitel was a Managing Partner of Waypoint Investments, a venture capital firm, where he developed an international investment portfolio and served in interim management roles in portfolio companies.

10/27/2015 Impact Investing: An Insider's Perspective

Impact investing is a growing field that harnesses the power of for-profit finance to support businesses, not-for-profits, and startups that make social and environmental impact a priority. Social impact bonds, social venture capital, conservation finance, and program related investments are a few of the many innovative strategies being used to address some of society’s toughest challenges.

NYU Wagner’s largest Impact Investing event will introduce those who are interested in social entrepreneurship and not-for-profits to key theories and trends in the field of impact investing. They will learn how impact investors provide strategy and investment capital to help organizations scale their operations and maximize social impact.

10/27/2015 Dialogues on Diversity: Micro-aggressions, Trigger Warnings, & the Debate on Political Correctness in Academia

Join the Wagner Diversity Council for our inaugural "Dialogues on Diversity" session. An opportunity to come together, reflect and connect, this first session will focus on the changing landscape of diversity & inclusion across universities in the US today and the shaping of this discourse. We will discuss the pervasiveness of topics such as micro- aggressions, trigger warnings, and political correctness within Academia that have garnered national commentary. Refreshments will be served.

10/25/2015 Storm Sandy Anniversary Planting with Rockaway Waterfront Alliance

Join ACE as we head to Rockaway Beach working with the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance to create a nature protective buffer for the Rockaway community.
As we learned from the storm, the natural vegetation and dunes that exist off our shores served as a protective buffer to the homes and businesses that exist in these areas. Many of these dunes were compromised by the storm and need to be replenished to be effective.

Stay afterward for the ceremony and a discussion with ACE about emergency preparedness, urban resiliency and climate change adaptation policy.

10/23/2015 Leveraging Open Data for Social Impact: A Talk with Enigma

Join us for a talk with Marc DaCosta, Chairman & Co-Founder at Enigma, a company that helps people and organizations use open data to make smarter decisions. Enigma builds data discovery and analytics tools that make it simple for organizations to liberate their own private data, and for the wider community to explore and build upon Enigma’s own integrated public data platform.
Mr. DaCosta will demo Smoke Signals, an open source civic analytics tool that helps local communities determine which city blocks are at the highest risk of not having a smoke alarm. Moreover, he will discuss how these kinds of technologies are crucial in cross-sector collaboration between business, government, and nonprofits dedicated to leveraging open data for social impact.

10/23/2015 The NY Acumen Catalyst Case Challenge Finals

The NY+Acumen Catalyst Case Challenge provides students with an opportunity to deepen their
understanding of the companies, leaders, and ideas that are changing the way the world tackles poverty. In
addition to gaining exposure and key insights from Acumen – the industry leader in impact investing. Come watch the finalists present their findings to a panel of professionals and network with industry experts, NY+Acumen staff, and other like minded students.

10/22/2015 ALUMNite 2015

Join us on October 22 for NYU Wagner's AlumNite—a chance to reconnect with old classmates and faculty, and network with new ones. The evening will feature faculty and alumni WAGTalks (short presentations about relevant issues on which they're working), as well as cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.

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