2002 Alumnus Who Advised Newark Mayor Goes to Washington
After working for more than four years alongside Mayor Cory Booker to improve public education in the City of Newark, NYU Wagner alumnus De'Shawn Wright (MPA '02) has garnered an exciting new position in public service -- he has been named the new deputy mayor for education by Washington, D.C., Mayor-elect Vincent Gray. The Mayor-elect was quoted referring to Wright and another new appointee as "top-notch professionals" in policy and management for large and complex urban school systems.
Gray chose Wright, who formerly worked for the New York City Department of Education, on the strength partly of his school reform work in Newark, N.J. In addition, Wright served as a partner with the Newark Charter School Fund, which was successful in gathering support to help fund the city's charter schools.
Since graduating from Wagner, Wright has returned to Wagner on numerous occasions, including in 2009 for a public event with Mayor Booker. We wish him well as he begins his latest leadership position.
2008 Fellows for Emerging Leaders in Public Service are Announced
Under an innovative NYU Wagner program that prepares exceptional young men and women for public service careers, 35 college graduates have been selected as Fellows for Emerging Leaders in Public Service, Class of 2008.
Now in its third year, the Fellowship for Emerging Leaders of Public Service (formerly the CareerWays Public Service Fellowship Program) provides college graduates who are working full time in public services positions with unique career planning and professional development opportunities. The Fellowship, which has been supported by the Bank of America, recognizes the strong commitment to public service that its Fellows have demonstrated and strengthens this commitment by providing professional development and networking opportunities aimed at assisting Fellows in developing plans for successful public service careers. FELPS is one of the first organized programs that actively guides and engages emerging leaders in a process that encourages self-directed career development. This process encourages Fellows to explicitly answer the question "Why public service?" while simultaneously presenting fellows with the exciting and challenging options that a modern-day public service career offers.