Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration
Merle McGee is Chief Program Officer at the YWCA of the City of New York. Her portfolio includes education and youth services, workforce development, racial justice and gender equity initiatives. Ms. McGee brings to the YWCA extensive experience in nonprofit management, youth development, staff development, organizational change management and leadership. Prior to joining the YWCA of the City of New York, she served as Vice President of Programs for the Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF), an award winning college preparatory organization based in Upper Manhattan, responsible for providing strategic direction and oversight for all program operations. Previously, she was Program Officer at The After-School Corporation and Director at The Door and at Morningside Area Alliance. Ms. McGee has consulted on numerous educational and leadership development projects for nonprofit organizations including Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth, The After School Corporation, The CollegeBoard, Sports and Arts Foundation and the Partnership for After School Education and is a frequent presenter on youth development, leadership and program design and development. She received her B.F.A. from the Tisch School at New York University and holds a M.S. in Non-Profit Management from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at New School University. She was named a Robert Bowne Research Fellow and selected for the Coro Leadership Program in New York. Ms. McGee has completed Executive Education Programs at Harvard University and Columbia Business School. Ms. McGee has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University since 2006
Capstone: Advanced Project in Management
Continuation of CAP-GP.3116.
As part of the core curriculum of the NYU Wagner Masters program, Capstone teams spend an academic year addressing challenges and identifying opportunities for a client organization or conducting research on a pressing social question. Capstone, in architecture, is the crowning piece of an arch, the center stone that holds the arch together, giving it shape and strength. Wagner's Capstone program plays a similar role, by providing students with a centerpiece of their graduate experience whereby they are able to experience first-hand turning the theory of their studies into practice under the guidance of an experienced faculty member. Projects require students to get up-to-speed quickly on a specific content or issue area; enhance key process skills including project management and teamwork; and develop competency in gathering, analyzing, and reporting out on data. Capstone requires students to interweave their learning in all these areas, and to do so in real time, in an unpredictable, complex, real-world environment.