Ana L. Oliveira
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration
Ms. Oliveira is the President & Chief Executive Officer of The New York Womenï¿½s Foundation. Ana joined The New York Women's Foundation in February 2006. She has worked in the field of public health for underserved populations for over 25 years. She is the former Executive Director of Gay Menï¿½s Health Crisis, the nationï¿½s first AIDS service organization. She has worked in community-based organizations addressing the social-economic needs and rights of vulnerable populations, such as the Osborne Association, Samaritan Village in Queens, Lincoln Medical & Mental Health Center in the Bronx, and Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Missouri ï¿½ St. Louis with a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology, and received a M.A. in Medical Anthropology from The New School for Social Research. Ana is from Sao Paulo, Brazil and is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.
Capstone: Advanced Project in Public and Nonprofit Policy and Management
Couples with CAP-GP.3176.
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.