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Fresh on the heels of Bill de Blasio’s landslide victory in the New York City mayoral election, distinguished NYU Wagner alumna Jennifer Jones Austin has been named co-chair of the Mayor-elect’s transition team, which will have a key advisory role in assembling the new City administration.
Austin, who received her MS in Management from NYU Wagner in 1997, serves as the Executive Director of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA). She has also held positions in health and human services for both City and State governments and major nonprofit organizations.
Her co-chair is Carl Weisbrod, a leader of city agencies and public-private partnerships in three mayoral administrations, including city-state efforts to revive the Times Square area, and as founding president of the NYC Economic Development Corporation. The work of the transition group begins immediately.
Jennifer Jones Austin assumed the helm at FPWA in 2012 after serving as Senior Vice President of Community Investment for United Way of New York City. Before joining United Way, she was the Family Services Coordinator of the City of New York, a new position to which Mayor Bloomberg appointed her in 2006 after she had served four years as Deputy Commissioner of the City's Administration for Children's Services. She served as Civil Rights Deputy Bureau Chief in the Office of the New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, and as a Vice President for LearnNow/Edison Schools Inc. From 2000 to 2010, she was a member of the board of FPWA.
She is a graduate of Rutgers University, Fordham University School of Law, and New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the launch of the New York State Resiliency Institute for Storms & Emergencies (NYS RISE), an “applied think tank” led by New York University and Stony Brook University -- and NYU Wagner professor Rae Zimmerman will participate as a researcher. According to the Governor’s announcement, the new Institute “will serve as a hub of research and education on emergency preparedness, as well as a clearinghouse of information regarding extreme weather and natural disasters.”
Rae Zimmerman, Professor of Planning and Public Administration, has been working under the leadership of NYUPoly and other members of NYS RISE as a researcher in infrastructure resiliency and planning-related issues in connection with extreme weather events.
In addition to NYU and Stony Brook University, partners in the research consortium include Columbia University, Cornell University, City University of New York, and Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Professor Zimmerman has been involved in considerable research in the infrastructure and environmental fields, especially in the context of extreme events, and is the Director of the Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems (ICIS) at NYU Wagner. She currently directs a National Science Foundation-funded “RAPID” grant on infrastructure-related effects of Hurricane Sandy, as well as a University Transportation Research Center (Region 2)-funded study of transportation connectivity, in part covering how connectivity is related to adaptation during extreme events.
For more information, visit http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/11012013-nys-rise.
Frederico C. Guanais, who earned his Ph.D. at NYU Wagner, is a recipient of the 2013 "Paper of the Year" award from the American Journal of Public Health. Guanais was recognized for his article entitled “The Combined Effects of the Expansion of Primary Health Care and Conditional Cash Transfers on Infant Mortality in Brazil, 1998-2010.”
AJPH’s editors termed Guanais’ article “an innovative paper looking at the synergic effects of two government programs, from two different areas, on infant mortality. Using a relatively innovative approach, the paper exemplifies something that the public health community has been emphasizing for ages: the importance of intersectoral approaches.”
Guanais received his Ph.D. in 2006. He wrote his dissertation on primary care in Brazil.