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HPD Taps NYU Wagner Graduate to Head New Division of Performance Management and Analytics

HPD Taps NYU Wagner Graduate to Head New Division of Performance Management and Analytics

Meryl Weisman

A graduate of NYU Wagner has been chosen to head a newly established Division of Performance Management and Analytics (PMA) at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). In this position, Meryl Block Weissman, who joined HPD after earning her Masters of Urban Planning (MUP) at Wagner in 2003, will provide timely, comprehensive data to help the agency make informed decisions.

For the past four years, Ms. Weissman served as HPD's Executive Director of Analytics and Operations, leading a team responsible for the collection, use, and analysis of data, and informing decision-making on resource allocation, program design, and legislative mandates. She played a key role in developing technology-driven operations and performance measurements for Hurricane Sandy disaster recovery housing assistance and implementing data solutions for complex housing development projects.

She has also served as Chief of Staff of HPD’s Office of Housing Operations, with program development and assessment responsibilities related to the agency’s Section 8, Alternative Management, Property Management, and Architecture, Construction, and Engineering operations.

ICIS Team to Develop Homeland Security Center of Excellence

ICIS Team to Develop Homeland Security Center of Excellence

Following September 11th, ICIS collaborated with dozens of institutions to support research on the implications of the attacks on public infrastructure services and the built environment to protect human welfare. Because of the ICIS partnership network (CMS 9728805) with the University of Southern California (USC) and Cornell University, public agency partners, and internationally known infrastructure professionals, ICIS contributed a team on critical infrastructure systems for the proposal for the first Homeland Security Center of Excellence, called the Homeland Security Center for Risk & Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events. The team won the competition against over 70 other applicants. USC, a long-time ICIS partner, is the lead institution, and NYU Wagner/ICIS will lead the critical infrastructure assessments under the direction of Professor Rae Zimmerman, ICIS Director. The entire center is expected to receive $12 million in funding over the next 3 years, and will develop risk and economic modeling tools for terrorist events, using critical infrastructure as a major application area for those tools.

IESP Study: Funding for After-School Programs Has Grown

IESP Study: Funding for After-School Programs Has Grown

The Institute for Education and Social Policy (IESP), a joint initiative of New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at NYU, has released a new study showing that a New York City initiative to create after-school programs expanded public funding of such programs from $23 million in 1998 to $300 million in 2008. Participants also rose -- from fewer than 20,000 children to about 160,000. The state and federal share of the cost has increased to about one-third, from 20 percent.

The Institute for Education and Social Policy conducts non-partisan scientific research about U.S. education and related social policy issues to help inform educational institutions and policymakers about the effectiveness of instructional programs, the impact of school reform initiatives and the relationships between academic achievement, school finance and socio-economic and demographic factors such as poverty, ethnicity and immigration status. Its Director is Professor Amy Ellen Schwartz, a professor at Steinhardt and Wagner, and its Associate Director for Education Finance is Leanna Stiefel, of Wagner.

To read the report, which was featured in the October 23, 2008, edition of Education Week, please click the link below.

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