Joan F. Montbach
Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Service
Joan F. Montbach is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Service at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and worked most recently at Palladia, Inc., a large human service organization in New York City, serving as both Vice President for Policy and Communication and as Senior Advisor to the President to the President and CEO.
Montbach previously worked with the Vera Institute of Justice as a Research Associate involved on a project on Supported Employment for former substance abusers involved in the criminal justice system and later with the Victim Services Agency (now Safe Horizons) as Deputy Director of Research.
Montbach received a B.A. in American History from Cedar Crest College and a M.A. in Anthropology from Hunter College of the City University of New York. She also has a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the CUNY Graduate Center, where she did original research on community organizing.
Capstone: Advanced Projects in Health Finance, Management, and Policy I
Couples with CAP-GP 3802.
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. Wagner's Capstone program provides 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.