The heart of NYU Wagner's programs is our faculty. An amalgam of full-time, clinical/research/visiting, and adjunct professors, they are outstanding teachers, expert researchers and committed practitioners.
NYU Wagner alumna Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO and Executive Director of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, gave a spirited speech at the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington, addressing economic inequity, upward mobility, and the work that remains to advance the causes of the most vulnerable in America.
Five NYU Wagner students have been awarded a generous fellowship from ANHD/Morgan Stanley to work with a community development corporation. The fellows receive $18,000 to work on a specific project with their organization. This year's placements are:
Brandie Moreno (with Los Sures)
Stephanie Sosa (with Fordham-Bedford)
Vrunda Vaghela (with Fifth Avenue Committee)
Joshua Sellers (with Cooper Square)
Raquel Vasquez (with WSFSSH).
Congratulations to all the recipients!
For more information about the fellowship, visit http://www.anhd.org/trainingsandevents/morgan-stanley-fellowship.
NYU Wagner alumna RuthAnne Visnauskas has been appointed to serve as the next Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD).
Ms. Visnauskas has been serving as the deputy commissioner for development at the agency. She will replace the current Commissioner, Mathew M. Wambua, who is departing to take the position of President of RHR Funding LLC, part of The Richman Group of Companies’ mortgage lending business.
Commented Ms. Visnauskas, “I am grateful to the Mayor for putting his trust in me, and I am thrilled to take on this challenge. In the nearly eight years since I came to HPD, we have experienced a national hosing book, weathered a recession, and are moving into a recovery. Through it all our commissioners and staff positioned the agency to exceed expectations and to better serve those most in need.”
Ms. Vinauskas received a Masters in Urban Planning from Wagner. Prior to joining HPD, she was the Diretor of Housing for Clinton Housing Development Companies. To read more about her appointment, click here.
NYU Wagner’s Research Center for Leadership in Action is now accepting applications for the Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service.
The fellowship is a prestigious leadership program for a diverse group of early-career professionals working full-time for elected officials, government agencies, nonprofits and philanthropic organizations in New York City. Through sessions twice each month from November 2013 through May 2014, Fellows will enhance their leadership knowledge and skills, deepen their understanding of the public service landscape, hear from top leaders in the field, receive ongoing mentorship from Alumni and Career Guides, engage in strategic career planning, and build a cross-sector network of people committed to public service.
To be eligible, applicants must work full-time in public service in the New York City area; may not currently be engaged in another significant fellowship; and must commit to attending all fellowship sessions, including a day-long Orientation on November 2, 2013. The program fee is $500.
The application deadline is noon (EST) on Thursday, September 5, 2013.
More information and the application are available at: http://wagner.nyu.edu/felps
The Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA) at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service is pleased to announce the 31 members of the inaugural IGNITE Fellowship for Women of Color in the Social Sector, a nine-month program enabling them to strengthen their leadership and management skills.
Offered with support from the American Express Foundation, IGNITE offers a diverse group of mid-career women directing nonprofit programs and organizations across the United States exposure to best practices, processes for building personal and organizational leadership, and opportunities to build and strengthen core management capacities.
American Express Foundation President Timothy J. McClimon said, “We are thrilled to support this extraordinary group of women working on critically important social issues who are poised to not only deepen their organizations’ impact, but strengthen the leadership of the sector as a whole.”
The Fellowship begins with a leadership institute in New York City from August 1-6, which includes a welcome reception in the NYU President’s Penthouse, a luncheon with top nonprofit leaders, and robust leadership and management sessions over four days. Over the ensuing nine months, Fellows will participate in peer mentoring and webinars to sharpen their leadership skills with the support of cohort members and Fellowship managers.
RCLA Executive Director Bethany Godsoe said, “These women are advancing justice initiatives in game-changing ways across the nation. We are excited about giving them a chance to reflect, learn and apply best practices, and build a national network they can call on for ideas and support as they undertake ambitious change agendas.”
To learn more about the IGNITE fellowship, please visit: http://bit.ly/17VL9fB
2013 IGNITE Fellows:
NYU Wagner’s Research Center for Leadership in Action conducts breakthrough research on leadership and offers customized leadership development and capacity-building programs. IGNITE is a program of RCLA’s People of Color Leadership Network, which aims to strengthen communities of color by supporting leadership by and for people of color. Learn more at wagner.nyu.edu/leadership .
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One of American Express' three platforms for its philanthropy is Developing New Leaders for Tomorrow. Under this giving initiative, which recognizes the significance of strong leadership in the nonprofit and social sectors, American Express is making grants focused on training high potential emerging leaders to tackle important issues in the 21st century. More than 10,000 emerging nonprofit and social sector leaders worldwide have benefitted from American Express leadership programs. Launched in 2008, the American Express Leadership Academy addresses the growing deficit of leadership talent in the nonprofit sector. The Academy brings together emerging leaders from a diverse set of nonprofit, social sector and nongovernmental organizations.
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President Barack Obama has announced his intention to nominate Katherine O’Regan, Associate Professor of Public Policy at NYU Wagner, as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research (PD&R) at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Professor O’Regan has conducted research on a variety of topics related to housing and urban development for more than 20 years. In her thirteen years as a professor at Wagner, she has held a range of administrative and leadership roles, including directing the Public and Nonprofit Masters Program since 2002 and serving as Associate Dean for Faculty from 2002 to 2004. Professor O’Regan taught at the Yale School of Management for ten years prior to joining Wagner. She received a B.S. from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.
The Assistant Secretary for PD&R directs HUD’s independent research and policy arm. PD&R' s research activities are designed to have immediate relevance to the policy issues facing the HUD Secretary, who is currently Shaun Donovan, and his principal staff.
“I am honored to be nominated by the president and look forward to serving in this role if confirmed by the Senate,” said Professor O’Regan
The White House announcement can be read here.
Sherry A. Glied, a Harvard-trained economist from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health whose expertise in health care reform has led to important governmental posts, was today named by NYU President John Sexton and Provost David McLaughlin to be the dean of NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She will take up the new post on August 1, 2013.
John Sexton, NYU’s President said, “In the last 10 years, Wagner has been on a remarkable upward trajectory: it has soared from 19 to 6 in the US News and World Report Rankings for schools of public affairs – a great feat. So, in selecting a new dean, we were keenly aware of the need to find someone outstanding who could sustain that trajectory – a highly regarded scholar, a talented administrator, and a person of vision and drive.
“In Sherry we have found such a person. The quality of her scholarship has led not only to success within the academy, but to important policy-making and advisory positions as well. At heart, universities are judged by the quality of the people they attract, and it says a great deal about NYU and about Wagner, its successes, and its momentum that we are able to attract someone as talented as Sherry Glied as dean.”
An extensively published scholar in the area of health care policy reform and mental health policy, Sherry Glied was first appointed to Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health in 1989. From 1998 to 2010, she was chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management.
Professor Glied has also served in important policy-making and advisory positions in government, most recently as the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the US Department of Health & Human Services. She had previously served as a senior economist for health care and labor market policy on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, had participated in the Clinton Health Care Task Force, and had been a member of the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisers.
Ingrid Ellen, professor of public policy and urban planning and chair of the Search Committee, said, “The Search Committee has utmost confidence that Sherry is up to the task of sustaining the momentum of the past few years. She is a leading health economist with high-level government experience and boundless energy and enthusiasm for the mission of NYU Wagner –from research to teaching to public service.”
She received her B.A. from Yale, her M.A. from the University of Toronto, and her Ph.D. from Harvard in economics. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine, is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, was a member of the Board of Directors of AcademyHealth, and was the recipient of the Research!America Eugene Garfield Economic Impact of Medical and Health Research Award. She is a fellow at the New York Academy of Medicine, and a faculty research fellow in health economics at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
“Provost David McLaughlin and I would like to thank the Dean Search Committee, led by Professor Ingrid Gould Ellen, for their hard work and their judgment, for their hard work and discernment,” said John Sexton. We would also like to thank Ellen Schall, Sherry Glied’s predecessor, for her superb leadership over the past 10 years and for doing so much to improve the school. And we’d like to thank Tyra Liebmann and Scott Fritzen for so capably taking on the role of Interim Co-Deans these past few months.
“First and foremost, however, we would like to congratulate Sherry Glied on her appointment as Dean of NYU’s Wagner School, and welcome her to the University.”