Volcker-Robertson Fellows

  • Kent CherneyKent Cherny has worked in both private business and the public service. For there years, he worked for A. G. Edwards & Sons (later to become Wachovia Bank) in the field of public finance, helping state and local government entities reaise funds for major capital projects. Following his investment banking tenure, Kent joined the research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, where for two years he studies the financial services industry and regulation. He also authored a number of Fed publications. A Cleveland native, Kent earned a B.A., summa cum laude, in English and economics from Ohio State University.
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  • Nick FarrellNick Farrell is a 2nd-year MPA student at the Wagner School with a specialization in policy analysis. This past summer, he interned at the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity, where he helped to develop, implement, and evaluate the city’s anti-poverty programs. Prior to that, Nick worked for Humanity in Action, where he directed their New York-based fellowship program for college students focused on domestic minority issues. Since receiving his B.A. in history and journalism from Colorado College in 2004, Nick has also held positions at the Partnership for After School Education, the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, and the Cape Eleuthera Institute in the Bahamas.
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  • Shannon SmallShannon Small graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in English and Scandinavian Studies. She served with the Peace Corps in South Africa as a teacher training volunteer where she assisted primary schools in implementing the post-apartheid curriculum and quality management system. She then spent three-years working for the Peace Corps as a program manager for recruitment in New York City. She has interned at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York and the United Nations Capital Development Fund in Cambodia. She is currently a graduate student at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner’s School for Public Service where she is studying public and nonprofit management and policy.
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  • Elizabeth WalzcakElizabeth Walczak, a native of Boston, has most recently worked as a Policy Advisor to Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino on education, health, and human services. Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Elizabeth was Public Relations and Policy Specialist at Citizen Schools,where she managed the organization’s Massachusetts legislative agenda and oversaw the growth of state funding by 58 percent. Elizabeth served on ONEin3Boston, the Mayor’s Young Bostonian Advisory Council from 2006 to 2008, and was Chair of ONEin3 Dorchester, which supports young professionals in her community. Elizabeth was awarded a full-tuition merit scholarship by the Posse Foundation to Hamilton College, based on leadership and commitment to diversity. She is currently studying for her Masters in Public Administration from The Wagner School for Public Service.
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  • Andy WrightAndy Wright is a Wagner School MPA candidate with an interest in Public and Nonprofit Management. He hails from Washington, DC, where he has spent the last two years innovating alongside established social entrepreneurs at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, and First Book, an organization providing educational resources to low-income communities. Wright is also passionate about the positive effects of volunteerism, having spent a year as an AmeriCorps member supporting the Gulf Coast recovery after Katrina, and recently returning from Uganda. where he promoted sustainable farming efforts. He has a BA in International Relations and Cultural Anthropology from Dartmouth College.