Karen Schlain
Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Service

Karen Schlain is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Service at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the Assistant Commissioner of Tax Policy at the New York City Department of Finance. She has more than two decades of experience in New York City tax policy and extensive knowledge of data analysis, database development, and systems design.

Schlain received a B.A. in Mathematical Sciences and Economics at Johns Hopkins University, School of Engineering and an M.A. in Urban Economics and Public Finance at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Semester Course
Fall 2014 CAP-GP.3401.011 Capstone: Advanced Projects in Finance, Management, and Policy I

Couples with CAP-GP 3402.

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.

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