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05/26/2011 Wagner Alumni Happy Hour

Join Wagner Alumni for Happy Hour at Sweet and Vicious Bar located at 5 Spring Street (b/w Bowery & Elizabeth).

Enjoy opportunity for conversation & networking in the great outdoor space.

http://www.sweetandviciousnyc.com/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/sweet-and-vicious-new-york

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05/25/2011 GLOBAL [Global Local Open Border Architecture and Landscape] Design speaker series and exhibition
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05/10/2011 2011 Capstone Expo

The Capstone program is a valuable service that Wagner proudly offers to the city, the region, and the world.

Join us for this year's Capstone Expo, where students will display summaries of their work.

Reception to follow - 6.30 to 7.30pm 

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05/06/2011 IPSA Food Fest

A fun international food potluck and party to bring together all Wagner students with international interests. Bring your favorite food from your own country, the country of your ancestors, or a place you've visited. To be preceded by Faculty Student Trivia.

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05/06/2011 American Planning Association (APA) New York Metro Chapter Student Presentations

Select teams of urban planning graduate students from Columbia, Hunter College, NYU, Pratt, and Rutgers will present the exciting studio projects they have completed this year. A jury of professionals from the private, government, and nonprofit sectors will be on-hand to offer insight on the students' work.

Light refreshments will be served.

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05/06/2011 Latino Urbanism: A Conversation with Professor Clara Irazábal

The Alliance of Latino and Latin American Students (ALAS) and the Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA) at NYU Wagner present a lively conversation with Urban and International Planning Professor Clara Irazábal from Columbia University, as we open a dialogue about ethnic placemaking, how the next population majorities will shape the urban fabric in the US, and the role of politics of culture in urban planning. The Event will provide a space for participants to discuss the importance of place-making to the urban planning profession, with examples from Latin America and the Caribbean. Followed by a special musical performance by NYU student and Quatrista Mario Cancel.

**Refreshments will be provided**

About the Speaker:
Clara Irazábal, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Urban Planning in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. She received a Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and has two Masters in Architecture and Urban Design and Planning from the UC Berkeley and the Universidad Central de Venezuela, respectively. Irazábal has worked as consultant, researcher, and/or professor in Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Germany, Spain, Vietnam, and the US; and has lectured in many other countries.

Irazábal situates her scholarship at the intersection of planning and urban design as fields of practice, and urban/cultural and Latino/Latin American studies as a mode of inquiry. Her work is concerned with exploring the politics of cultures and the cultures of politics of urban design and planning processes and practices, often in comparative terms. Thus, she explores the interaction of culture, politics, and placemaking. Irazábal is especially interested in uncovering the dialectic tensions among issues of power, knowledge, and subjectivities as they relate to space: the cultural politics of placemaking. She primarily focuses on Latin American cities and Latino communities in the US.

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05/03/2011 WOCPN Wagner Women of Color Students and Friends End of the Year Reception

The Women of Color Policy Network presents the Wagner Women of Color Students and Friends End of the Year Reception.

Join Dean Ellen Schall (NYU Wagner), faculty, students, alumni and the staff of the Women of Color Policy Network to celebrate the end of the year and congratulate Wagner’s 2011 women of color graduates.

The cost is free for Wagner students. Please RSVP by Thursday, April 28th.

Founded in 2000 by Walter Stafford as part of the Roundtable of Institutions of People of Color, the Women of Color Policy Network, an affiliate of the Research Center for Leadership in Action at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, is the country’s only research and policy institute focusing on women of color, their families and communities at a nationally ranked top ten public policy school. The Network conducts original research and collects critical data on women of color that is used to inform public policy outcomes at the local, state and national levels. The Network also serves as a hub for women of color scholars, leaders and practitioners.

For more information about the Network, please visit: http://wagner.nyu.edu/wocpn/

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05/03/2011 Mobilizing Unpaid Village Volunteers to Fix Primary Education in India: Experiences from Pratham

Wagner's Office of International Programs and the International Public Service Association are pleased to host Shayak Banerjee from Pratham. This organization works in 258 out of the 626 districts in India, primarily using unpaid volunteers from local communities but also Government teachers in bringing about a large scale improvement in learning levels of primary school going children in India.

How does Pratham manage to run a program at such a large scale but at a low cost? How does it ensure quality of delivery at such as large scale? How has Pratham succeeded in generating 62,000 volunteers in a country in which many believe the so-called “spirit of volunteerism” does not exist. And how does Pratham attempt to get communities, many of whose members are illiterate or barely literate, involved in education? Shayak Banerjee, head of the Program Review and Management Unit at Pratham will describe Pratham’s approach and model and attempt to answer some of the questions posed above, drawing from his experiences of having observed and reviewed Pratham programs across India.

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05/03/2011 Brown Bag Lunch with the Director of Public Events for the Queens Museum of Art

Interested in how arts and cultural institutions are innovating the ways they engage with their communities and contributing to community development initiatives? 

Prerana Reddy from the Queens Museum of Art helped spearhead a unique model of museum-community relations and has used the experience to develop further leadership and career opportunities inside and outside of the museum.  Join us for an informal brown bag lunch to learn more about the cutting edge programs and opportunities in this growing field of arts and social change.  Prerana Reddy has been the Director of Public Events for Queens Museum of Art in New York City for the past six years, where she organizes screenings, talks, festivals, performances, and new commissions and residencies, a third of which are developed in collaboration with diverse local community organizations and cultural producers. She is also in charge of the museum's community engagement initiatives which combine arts and culture with social development goals in nearby neighborhoods predominately comprised of new immigrants, including programs that address language access, healthcare, public space advocacy, and the mortgage crisis. Currently she is overseeing Corona Studio, a series of long-term socially-enagaged artist residencies in the neighborhood where the Musuem is located, which will act as case-studies for the development of a social practice concentration for the MFA program at Queens College.

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05/02/2011 Geopolitics, Global Markets, and Your Career

The Wagner Economic and Finance Association (WEFA) invites you to: Geopolitics, Global Markets, and Your Career

Join three veterans of international finance for an off-the-record, free-wheeling discussion of geopolitics, the global marketplace, and U.S. power. After taking an unflinching look at the current state of the world economy, they’ll offer invaluable advice on building a successful career that allows you to pursue your policy interests at a high level.

Panelists include:

Joseph Glatt: General Counsel for Apollo Capital Markets

Roy J. Katzovicz: Partner, Investment Team Member and Chief Legal Officer of Pershing Square Capital Management

Daniel Leger: Managing Director, Head of Marketing and Business Development at Geosphere Capital Management, LLC

Look forward to seeing you there!

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05/02/2011 Wagner Review Print and Website Launch and Ideas Exchange

Please join The Wagner Review as we celebrate the launch of Volume XVIII and our new online journal (www.thewagnerreview.org) at our first ever Ideas Exchange. The Ideas Exchange is a forum for published authors and NYU Wagner community members to propose and discuss new public service solutions.

Our Ideas Exchange and Launch will be held on Monday, May 2 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue. In addition to the Ideas Exchange, we will unveil this year's print journal and the online journal; recognize and thank authors, staff, and supporters; and provide time for networking. We will provide light refreshments.

The work in Volume XVIII re-envisions the public sector. It includes a special section on social policy; empirical studies on U.S. agricultural and income support policies; explorations of invisible and inconspicuous infrastructure; implementation of policies in urban governments in NYC and beyond; and political development in North Africa.

Volume XVIII and the online journal include the work of the following authors, all students and alumnae/i representing the range of research conducted at NYU Wagner:

Zayne Abdessalam, Fernando Henao, and Shana Wright
Douglas Coulter
Allison Curreri, Megan Turek, and Samantha Wright
Timothy Farrell
Alexander Habib
Felicity Loome
Brianne Lute
David Colby Reed
Amalea Smirniotopoulos
Elizabeth Wolff, M.D.; Kristin Van Busum; Rebecca DiBennardo; Blanca Esquivel; and Alissa Vladimir
Alexander J. Wolk
Michelle R. Wong

Invited presenters will be announced soon!

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04/28/2011 Wisconsin in New York? Politics, Policy & the Public Interest: A Public Debate

 

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04/28/2011 From Influence to Power: Public Service Leadership Diversity Forum

From Influence to Power: Public Service Leadership Diversity Forum

Co-sponsored by RCLA and the National Urban Fellows
NYU Kimmel Center, 9th Floor, 60 Washington Square South, New York City

Though growing in population, people of color remain underrepresented in public service leadership, an issue that can and must be resolved if we are to effectively change our nation’s most pressing social issues—from education to health, environment and justice. Our country is now composed of one-third, or 34 percent, people of color—a population that the US Census estimates will grow to 54 percent by 2042.

However, only 16 percent of federal government leadership positions are held by people of color, and on the state level, only 15 percent of statewide elective executive positions are held by people of color. Moreover, only 18 percent of nonprofit leadership positions are filled by people of color, and only 17 percent of foundation executives are people of color.

When current disparities in public service leadership are addressed, the public service sector will have greater ability and appeal to people of color with the leadership skills to solve social policy dilemmas. The participation of people of color and the infusion of diverse voices and experiences into decision-making processes ensure a sense of cultural competency and effectiveness within policy-based solutions to social issues.

This dialogue focused on diverse leadership in public service. At the event, we released two new reports, Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion: Insights from Scholarship and Advancing Diversity in Public Service: A Review of Leadership Development Programs in the US.

The event also marked the announcement of NUF's new Public Service Leadership Diversity Initiative, a nationwide campaign for an inclusive paradigm of public service leadership.

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04/27/2011 Poverty Discussion Group - Earned Income Tax Credit

The Poverty Discussion Group brings together students interested in issues related to domestic poverty and low-income families/communities to have informal brown bag discussions every month. We believe Wagner students have a great deal of knowledge and experience through jobs, internships, and volunteering from which our community can learn. Through these conversations, we hope to start lively discussions that will expand our knowledge of the innovative anti-poverty initiatives being implemented by local, state, and federal governments, as well as exciting on-the-ground work being done by CBOs.

This month's discussion will feature Dr. Cynthia Miller, Senior Research Associate at MDRC, who will discuss the impact of the EITC based on her work with MDRC’s Director, Gordon Berlin.

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04/26/2011 Distorted Images, Uneven Policies: How the Media Shape Public Policy Outcomes

From the newly passed Arizona immigration law to TANF reauthorization, media representations of groups and individuals can have a powerful impact on public policy outcomes at the state and federal levels. These images and narratives that the media-at-large shape and disseminate bear tremendous weight on public opinion and how policymakers respond to some of the greatest challenges of our time. Support for social policies for low-income and marginalized communities can be especially sensitive to the language, images and tone employed by the media.

Join national experts as they discuss the media’s influence in shaping public perceptions of poverty, immigration and other pressing social issues. They will also explore the ways in which race, gender, and class intersect in media constructions of the poor as well as ways to use the media to generate support for inclusive public policies.

Discussants:
Andrew Grant-Thomas, PhD, Deputy Director, Kirwan Institute
Janine Jackson, Program Director, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)
Peter Parisi, PhD, Film and Media Department Program Head, Hunter College
Rinku Sen, President and Executive Director, Applied Research Center

Moderator:
C. Nicole Mason, PhD, Executive Director, Women of Color Policy Network, NYU Wagner

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04/26/2011 IPSA Off-The-Record with former Icelandic Parliament Member Agust Olafur Agustsson

Agust Olafur Agustsson, a Wagner student and a former member of the Icelandic Parliament, will talk about his experience as a legislator when the global financial crisis began. Agustsson was the chairman of the Bank and Trade Committee at a time when Iceland suffered its biggest economical blow. He also served as vice-chairman of the Social Democratic Party, one of two parties that formed Iceland´s government at the time.

Agustsson will discuss the policy decisions Iceland made in the aftermath of the collapse as well as the following issues:
1) What effect did the collapse of the Lehman Brothers have on the Icelandic and European economy?
2) How did it come about that the sixth richest country in the world found itself in the position of searching for IMF´s assistance? In the past 30 years, no Western country had done that. Since then, however, Ireland, Greece and Portugal are all in the same tough position.
3) Why did UK decide to use its Anti-Terrorism Act against Iceland, but that had never been done before between two NATO allies?
4) Iceland has a population of 320,000. The bankruptcy of the three major banks from Iceland caused a bigger bankruptcy than Enron did. The size of the U.K. economy in 2008 was around 175 times bigger than Iceland´s and the U.S.´s was around 1100 times bigger. How could this have happened?
5) From a foreign policy perspective it is interesting to note that the US did not intervene and that Iceland decided to seek help from Russia and China, which caused some concern among Iceland´s western allies.
6) Should the taxpayers pay for the deposits of privately owned banks?

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04/25/2011 The Middle East and United States Strategy Series: A New Middle East: How Should the West Respond?

Featuring Ed Husain

Ed Husain is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). His work focuses on international threats from radicalization, extremism, and terrorism. Previously, Mr. Husain was cofounder and codirector of Quilliam Foundation, the world’s first counter-radicalization think tank. He also served as a language instructor at the British Council in Syria and Saudi Arabia.

Formerly an activist of Jamat-e-Islami, Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT), and Muslim Brotherhood front organizations in the United Kingdom, Mr. Husain has now become a strong critic of extremism and Islamism. He is an advocate of Muslim engagement in mainstream politics as citizens, and not as separatist, anti-western polemical ideologues with Islamist agendas.

He has been a frequent commentator for Newsweek, Bloomberg TV, CNN, Fox, NPR, BBC, al-Jazeera, The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Observer, Prospect, New Statesman, The Independent, and The Jewish Chronicle, among others. He is also the author of The Islamist (Penguin, 2007), a finalist for the George Orwell prize for political writing. His next book will be The Sufis (Penguin, forthcoming in 2012).

Born and raised in London, Mr. Husain has a master’s degree in Middle East studies from SOAS, University of London.

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04/23/2011 Foreclosure Rescue Fair: A Volunteer Event With WEFA

WEFA (Wagner Economic and Finance Association) invites you to join us for a day of volunteering to help avert and prevent Foreclosure!

The purpose of the Rescue Fair, hosted by the Center for New York City Neighborhoods, Inc, is to provide access to information and resources for families who are concerned about becoming delinquent on their mortgage obligations or who are currently delinquent and possibly facing foreclosure. Some of the partners and lenders in the fair include the Alliance for Stabilizing Our Communities, NYC Council Member Leroy Comrie, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo/Wachovia.

The overall strategy of the fair is to support community-based efforts to provide home retention services to low and moderate income and multicultural families at risk of foreclosure.

Volunteer activities might include greeting, running registration/check-in, and overall monitoring of workshops.

Breakfast and lunch are to be provided.

PLEASE BE ON TIME AT 8:00 am. Be sure to check-in with Adam Drucker, VP of Events for WEFA

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04/22/2011 Uncover and Speak Out: Systemic Violence Against LGBTQ Communities From a Global Perspective

LGBTQ activists and advocates around the world have achieved unprecedented headway in the recognition, promotion and respect of human rights. Progressive governments have deliberated over and even passed legislation seeking to eviscerate discrepancies in health care access, grant marriage and partnering rights, foster safety and promote decriminalization. Some countries are following a road map toward more egalitarian societies, where being LGBTQ-identified is not a factor of exclusion or discrimination. However, despite this outstanding progress, LGBT communities throughout the world are particularly vulnerable to different types of systemic violence, human rights abuses and threats.

This event will follow the Fishbowl format, in which speakers will have a dialogue in a circle at the center of the room. Later in the presentation, interested audience members can briefly join the circle in order to share their expertise and responses, based in their own experiences. After audience members have a chance to share, our invited speakers will have final words.

Panelists to Include:
Pamela Denzer
, Immigration Equality
Breana George, NYU Wagner
Thokozani Ndaba, Ford Foundation International Fellow 2010, NYU Steinhardt
Faraz Sanei, Human Rights Watch
Sandra Villalobos, Vera Institute of Justice

Moderated by:
Karina Claudio, Make the Road New York

Speakers will discuss the following questions:
What are the manifestations of systemic violence against LGBTQ individuals and communities in the different regions of the world?
Which factors are fueling and exacerbating the violence?
What can be done to lessen the violence against LGBTQ communities in a sustainable way?

Co-sponsors:
Alliance of Latin American Students, Asian Pacific Islander Student Alliance, International Public Service Association, Stonewall Policy Alliance, Wagner International Students Society, Wagner Intersectionality Studies Is Essential, Wagner Student Association for Africa

Refreshments will be provided.

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04/20/2011 Healthcare Access: A Global Problem

Panel discussion on healthcare access issues across the globe. Our panel will talk about their experiences from their research regarding the various healthcare access issues observed in European, African and American countries.

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04/20/2011 Eric Goldwyn, Columbia, NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) Group Ride Vehicle pilot program

NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) Group Ride Vehicle pilot program
Eric Goldwyn, Columbia
Presented by the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management

 

In September 2010, The Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) initiated its Group Ride Vehicle (GRV) pilot program. Group Ride Vehicles are a flexible transit option that the TLC believed would satisfy unmet transit demand in Brooklyn and Queens. The TLC launched the GRV program in response to Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) decision to cancel or re-route 37 bus lines.

This research has two goals. The first goal is to evaluate the GRV program through the analysis of data collected from surveys and interviews with passengers, operators, and TLC staff. We will also develop a transit typology to see how Group Ride Vehicles compare and contrast with other similar modes, such as buses, taxis, commuter vans, and access-a-ride vehicles. The purpose of this typology is to understand what benefits Group Ride Vehicles offer, if any, in comparison to other existing modes of transit. The second goal is to learn why the program failed and how entrepreneurial transportation policies can be better executed. We theorize that miscommunication between operators and the TLC, poor public outreach and advertising, the TLC’s budget constraints, lack of coordination between the MTA and the TLC, and the public’s lack of familiarity with Group Ride Vehicles created intractable barriers to the program’s success.

 

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04/19/2011 Re-thinking Juvenile Justice: Alternatives to Incarceration for Youth

In January 2011, Governor Cuomo’s State of the State speech called for an overhaul of New York State’s juvenile justice system, framing the issue as both an economic and moral one. Incarcerating young people strains the state budget, costing an estimated $210,000 to hold one young person for one year. In navigating the tension between the social needs of troubled youth and their families, the financial needs of economically depressed communities that depend on prisons for jobs, and interests of public safety, Students for Criminal Justice Reform (SCJR) looks to various system and community stakeholders to discuss alternatives to incarceration (ATI) for youth in New York City and New York State. We will explore questions, such as:

• What are the needs of youth and families who involved with the criminal justice system?
• What are existing alternatives to incarceration for youth who are arrested?
• What are other potential alternatives?
• What are the benefits and outcomes for youth in community-based ATI programs?
• How can the current fiscal crisis help to support efforts to increase or enhance ATI?

The event will take place in a “fish-bowl” discussion style, in which the panelists will sit in the center of the room, and audience members would sit around the speakers. There will have two empty chairs next to the panelists for audience members to join the conversation. We encourage participation of NYU students and people who have been directly affected by the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

Panelists:-
Vincent Schiraldi, Commissioner, NYC Department of Probation
Gabrielle Prisco, Director of Juvenile Justice Project, Correctional Association of New York
Jenny Kronenfeld, Executive Director, Esperanza

Moderator
Ali Knight, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Director of NYC Justice Corps

6:30 Check-in and reception
7:00 Discussion 

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04/19/2011 Fundraising and Philanthropy in Today's Economy

Presented by NYU Wagner Alumni in Fundraising & Development Network and NYU Wagner Alumni in Philanthropy Network

A conversation among non-profit professionals in the fundraising and philanthropic fields about how things are going as the economy begins to recover.  After the panel discussion, there will be an opportunity to network with the panelists and other attendees.

Panelists include:

Margaret M. Coady - Director, The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP)

As CECP's director, Margaret leads the organization's long-range strategic and operational planning, authors quantitative and qualitative research reports, runs the annual Corporate Philanthropy Summit and Excellence Awards in Corporate Philanthropy selection process, and manages CECP's growing team of program specialists.  Margaret also directs the Committee's partnership initiatives such as the development of Principles of Social Investment with the United Nations Global Compact and the research report "Shaping the Future: Solving Social Problems through Business Strategy" with McKinsey & Company.  Since joining the organization in early 2005, Margaret's close work with member companies, oversight of the Committee's proprietary Corporate Giving Standard online benchmarking system, and her authorship of four editions of the annual "Giving in Numbers" report have established her as a leading authority on emerging trends in the field of corporate giving.  She lectures for national and international audiences and has appeared on television and radio programs including BBC World Report, CNBC Morning Call, and CNBC Street Signs.


Sonia Gonzalez - Director of Membership and Individual Giving, Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Sonia Gonzalez is the Director of Membership and Individual Giving at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, responsible for over $1.2 million in revenue annually to support the Garden’s operating fund. She is responsible for growing the Garden’s 16,000 member base and soliciting contributions from the public. Prior to joining Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Sonia more than doubled the base managing the membership program at Jazz at Lincoln Center and brought successes to development departments at American Federation of the Arts, Austin Museum of Art, and the Austin Children’s Museum. Ms. Gonzalez, a University of Texas at Austin graduate, serves on the Communications committee and the Board Development committee of the YMCA Mc Burney Board.  She is pursuing a certificate in horticulture, is a recreational chef, world traveler, and novice surfer.

 

Cheryl Green Rosario - Director of Philanthropy, American Express
Cheryl Green Rosario, Director, Philanthropy, has worked at American Express since July 2003. She oversees the Historic Preservation grantmaking area, focusing on signature programs like Partners in Preservation with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and funding preservation projects globally through American Express’s partnership with the World Monuments Fund.  In addition, Cheryl oversees the arts related grant making, including the River 2 River Festival, Culture Card – an employee membership program to museums, gardens and zoos in New York City and all other cultural grantmaking.

 Cheryl is an active member of the funding community through her work with the Contributions Advisory Group, Grantmakers in the Arts and Philanthropy New York. She is also the Vice-Chair of Art Education for the Blind’s Board, Board member of Creative Alternatives of New York and Disability Funder’s Network.

 In addition to her corporate experience, Cheryl has over 12 years of nonprofit experience, mostly in the field of disabilities and working with girls and families in underserved neighborhoods.

Cheryl has her MPA with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management from New York University and a BS in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University. Cheryl and her husband live in New Jersey with their 5-year old daughter Olivia and 1 year old son Lucas.


Sandra Toussaint-Burgher (MPA '02) - Director of Development, Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence

Sandra Toussaint-Burgher is the Director of Development for Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence, a national not-for-profit helping women grow their micro-businesses to million dollar enterprises. In this capacity, she oversees corporate relations, foundation and government grants, individual giving/stewardship and the National Steering Committee. Prior to Count Me In, Sandra served as Senior Director of Development for Special Olympics New York – NYC Regional Office. Her accomplishments in this role includes securing first-time five and six figure grants, more than doubling the annual gala’s revenue from $250,000 to $775,000, recruiting board members, securing five and six figure major gifts and establishing a junior advisory committee. Sandra has also served as Donor Relations Officer/Interim Director of Development for The Twenty-First Century Foundation; Giving Society Manager for The National Audubon Society; and Director of Major Gifts and Senior Fundraising Manager for United Way of New York City. Sandra has twelve years of development and not-for-profit experience and a Master’s of Public Administration from New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She is an active member of Women in Development and Association for Fundraising Professionals and has spoken at fundraising conferences/workshops.

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04/14/2011 Improving Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health in Post-Conflict Settings

Improving Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health in Post-Conflict Settings

Dr. Donna Espeut, maternal, newborn, and child health specialist, Concern Worldwide (U.S.).

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04/13/2011 Forward Thinking in Critical Times: TANF, Safety Nets, and A New Economy for All

For the last 15 years, the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program (TANF) has provided critical assistance to many families in need. Over this same period and in the wake of the most recent recession, poverty rates and unemployment rates have reached historic highs and families receiving public assistance continue to encounter multiple barriers to long-term economic security.

As the TANF approaches reauthorization in September 2011, there is an opportunity to think critically about how to link the program with national and state-level goals to alleviate poverty and re-build the middle-class through education, training and continued work supports.

Join leading experts as they discuss ways to increase the effectiveness of TANF for low-income families and single women mothers; the challenges of linking TANF to anti-poverty efforts at the state and federal levels; and innovative public policies to help move families toward economic security.

Discussants:
Lisalyn Jacobs, Vice President for Government Relations, Legal Momentum
Sandra Morgen, PhD, Vice Provost and Associate Dean, University of Oregon
Anyania Muse, National Policy Director of Women for Economic Justice, LIFETIME
Sharon Parrott, Counselor to the Secretary for Human Services Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Moderator:
Bich Ha Pham, Director of Policy, Advocacy, and Research, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies

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