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


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.

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.

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.

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

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

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?

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.

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

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?

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.

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.

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.


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.

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

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

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

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.

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.).

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.

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

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

04/11/2011 2011 Henry Hart Rice Urban Policy Forum


The Right Honourable Gordon Brown MP
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom  and
NYU’s Inaugural Distinguished Global Leader in Residence

Join us for a conversation about the state of the world since the global financial crisis, what governments are doing to overcome it, and what cities can do to help.  The former Prime Minister will speak in conversation with Professor Mitchell Moss about Brown's recent book, Beyond the Crash, putting the topic in the context of current events.

6:00pm - Registration and doors open
6:30pm - Dialogue

04/08/2011 IPSA 2011 Conference: Lunch


04/07/2011 The 5th Annual Hannah Engle Memorial Lecture

The NYU Wagner/Skirball Dual-Degree Program in Nonprofit Management & Judaic Studies presents the 5th Annual Hannah Engle Memorial Lecture: "Women Hold Up Half the Sky." The lecture this year will be given by Cindy Chazan, Vice President of Alumni and Community Development at the Wexner Foundation.

A reception will follow.

Please join the Wagner-Skirball community as we honor the memory of Hannah Engle.

04/07/2011 Charter School Funding and Facilities

Presented by the NYU Wagner Education Policy Studies Association (WEPSA) and the NYU Wagner Economics and Finance Association (WEFA)

There are several national debates about charter schools—particularly about their efficacy, the plethora of models, and their proliferation in urban areas like NYC. A rarely discussed but similarly significant topic about charter schools is the unique ways that they acquire funding and facilities.

Led by education experts, this intimate discussion about charter school funding and facilities will allow participants to dig deeper into some of the complexities of charter schools’ funding structures and procurement of facilities, as well as advocacy efforts to reform these systems.

The panelists include:
James Merriman, New York City Charter School Center;
Elizabeth Ling, Democrats for Education Reform;
Sonia Park, Charter Schools Office, NYC Department of Education.

04/07/2011 Mimi Sheller, Director of the new Mobilities Research and Policy Center at Drexel University

Mimi Sheller, Director of the new Mobilities Research and Policy Center at Drexel University
Mimi Sheller is Professor of Sociology and Director of the new Mobilities Research and Policy Center (mCenter) at Drexel University. She also holds a continuing appointment as Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Mobilities Research at Lancaster University (UK) and is founding co-editor of the international journal Mobilities. She is on the international editorial boards of the journals Cultural Sociology, and African and Black Diaspora.

The Center combines interdisciplinary approaches to the study of travel, transport, migration, borders, and mobile communication into one over-arching framework.  The term “mobilities” applies to both the large-scale movements of people, objects, capital, and information across the world, as well as the more local processes of daily transportation, movement through public and private space, and mobile communications.

04/06/2011 15th Annual Kovner/Behrman Health Forum: Effective Leadership of Healthcare Organizations: Past, Present and Future
This forum will compare the evolving role of healthcare leaders over the past 25 years with today’s demands and tomorrow’s expectations.


Claudia Caine, MPA '84
Executive Vice President & COO,
Lutheran HealthCare Anthony Kovner, Ph.D.
Professor of Public and Health Management, 
NYU Wagner Jacob Victory, MPA '98
Vice President, Performance Management Projects,
Visiting Nurse Service of New York

5:30pm Reception
6:00pm Dialogue

Seating is limited.

04/04/2011 WMLO Fundraising Workshop

Fundraising expert  Professor Joan Bronck will facilitate an interactive workshop providing students with an opportunity to learn development best practice. Topics such as relationship management, identifying funding sources, and researching prospective donors will be covered. The workshop will also include a donor solicitation role-playing exercise.

03/30/2011 Health Reform One Year Later

Panel event looking at the challenges of health reform implementation at national, state and provider level.

Professor Rogan Kersh, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, NYU Wagner
Deborah Bachrach, Presdient of Bachrach Health Strategies and former New York Medicaid director and deputy commissioner of health for the Office of Health Insurance Programs
Cathrin Stickney, CEO at Cigna
Stephen Rimar, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at NY Hospital Queens

03/29/2011 Film Screening: The Times of Harvey Milk

Come join Prof. Michael Duffy's class 'Social Justice in Public Policy: Advocacy Movements' and the Stonewall Policy Alliance, NYU Wagner's student group exploring LGBT issues, in a discussion situated around the screening of The Times of Harvey Milk. This Academy Award-winning documentary from 1984 tells the story of the country's first prominent, gay elected official long before Gus Van Sant's popular biopic reasserted Milk as a prominent rights advocate for a new generation.

The film will begin after a few opening remarks and runs 90 minutes in length. There will be a short discussion to follow.

03/29/2011 Reflections from the Field

Student Panel

A student panel will share their recent experiences with post-disaster reconstruction from Chile, New Orleans and Haiti. Panelists will speak about their work followed by a moderated discussion.

03/29/2011 ElectriCITY: The Future of the Sustainable Grid

This half-day forum, sponsored by Wagner Environmental Policy and Action, will examine the electricity system in New York City – where it comes from, how it’s delivered, and how it’s used. Industry leaders, policymakers, and academics will discuss challenges and solutions to integrating renewables into the grid as well as demand management and efficiency innovations.

Opening Remarks: Rae Zimmerman, Professor of Planning and Public Administration, NYU Wagner

Keynote Speaker: The current state of electricity in New York City and its implications

Sergej Mahnovski, Ph.D, Senior Advisor to the Commissioner, NYC Department of Environmental Protection

 Panel 1: Supply-side solutions – the challenges and opportunities of integrating renewables into the grid
Moderator: Nancy E. Anderson, Executive Director, Sallan Foundation

·      Francisco de Leon, Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, NYU POLY

·      Joe Oates, Vice President of Energy Management, Con Edison

·      Bonnie Gurry, Renewable Energy Resources and Technology Engineer, New York Power Authority

·      Trey Taylor, Co-founder & President, Verdant Power

 Panel 2: Demand-side innovations – solutions for peak load management and consumer efficiencies

Moderator: Sara Jayanthi, NYSERDA Energy $mart Communities Coordinator, Solar One

·      Rebecca Craft, Director of Energy Efficiency Programs, Con Edison

·      James T. Gallagher, Senior Manager for Strategic & Business Planning, New York Independent System Operator

·      Vincent Gil, Account Executive, New York Power Authority

·      Mei Shibata, Chief Business Officer, ThinkEco

 Closing Remarks: New York University’s sustainable electricity efforts and the cogeneration plant

John Bradley, Assistant Vice President, Sustainability, Energy and Technical Services, NYU

This event is free but an RSVP is required.