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Gordon J. Campbell, Professor of Practice at NYU Wagner and Director of the school’s Executive MPA Program, is among two dozen seasoned nonprofit human services executives who have been named to a blue-ribbon Commission of the Human Services Council (HSC) to look into the closures of several large nonprofit human services organizations in New York City. Campbell, with more than three decades of experience as a government official and nonprofit leader, will chair the new Commission.

The role of the Commission is to seek to “understand the

The annual “40 Under 40” issue of Crain’s New York for 2015 honors NYU Wagner alumnus Gary Rodney (MUP, 1999). As President of the New York City Housing Development Corp., Rodney is at the forefront of carrying out Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pledge to build or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing over 10 years. Don't miss the profile.


One evening in late November, two first-grade classrooms in a Hand in Hand bilingual school in Jerusalem were set ablaze by arsonists who also scrawled hateful graffiti on the school walls against Arabs and co-existence. Parents, students, and staff – including Rebecca Bardach, a 2007 graduate of NYU Wagner and the Director of Resource Development and Strategy for the Hand in Hand organization – worked together to make sure the school opened the very next day.

On December 17, President