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.
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.
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.
The 2010 Public Service Career Expo was extremely successful. More than 300 students and alumni from five nationally recognized schools of public affairs attended, with just over 100 employers participating, 96 of them with the goal of recruiting candidates for existing jobs and internships.
Both students and employers offered postiive feedback about the diverse representation of public service organizations at the March 11th Expo, held at the Metropolitan Pavilion on West 18th Street in Manhattan. Among the participating organizations were: Accenture; Fitch Ratings; Moody's Investor's Service; Citizens Budget Commission; New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; International Rescue Commitee; UNDP & UNICEF; New Leaders for New Schools; Congressional Research Service; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; New York City Department of Environmental Protection; New York City Economic Development Corp., and many others.
In addition to NYU Wagner, this year's Expo consortium of schools included Carnegie Mellon, Heinz College, School of Public Policy & Management; Duke University's Terry Sanford School of Public Policy; The George Washington University Trachetenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration; and Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenshp & Public Affairs.
The Capstone Program at NYU Wagner came in for high praise in the State of the Borough address delivered February 24, 2011, by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.
"In October," he stated, "New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service chose the Kingsbridge Armory for a study through its highly competitive Capstone Program. The Capstone Program is very well-respected, so much so that multiple city agencies have used its services to design and plan major projects. For several months, Capstone has been providing our task force with valuable support as we move forward on developing a new plan for the Armory.
"The report of this task force must be the cornerstone of a new RFP, and I invite the Mayor to join with me to responsibly develop the K ingsbridge Armory. Responsible development means that whatever plan we choose has a direct positive impact on all citizens...." said Diaz.
The Capstone Program is learning in action. Part of the core curriculum of the MPA and MUP programs at Wagner, it provides students with both a critical learning experience and an opportunity to perform a public service. Over the course of an academic year, students work in teams, either to address challenges and identify opportunities for a client organization or to conduct research on a pressing social question. Ultimately, Capstone contributes not only to the students' education, but also to the public good.
On Thursday, March 8, NYU Wagner will host the 10th annual Public Service Career Expo (3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Metropolitan Pavilion South 125 West 18th Street, between 6th & 7th avenues), New York, N.Y.). This year's Expo will provide students and alumni with the opportunity to connect with 125 public-service employers throughout the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
Examples of participating employers include: U.N.D.P, Deloitte Consulting, Ernst & Young, NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, NYC Department of Small Business Services, Moody's Investors Service, the William J. Clinton Foundation, MDRC, Synergos Institute, US Dept of Education, Achievement First, MTA NYC Transit, Karbone, Parsons Brinkerhoff and much more. See the full list of participating organizations here.
Please note: The Public Service Career Expo is only for NYU Wagner and consortium school students and alumni. Attendees must bring a current school ID or a resume listing their past or present consortium school graduate education in order to enter the Expo.
The Public Service Career Expo is hosted in partnership with NYU Wagner; Carnegie Mellon Heinz School of Public Policy and Management; Cornell Institute for Public Affairs; Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs; and University of Chicago Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy.
Professor Mitchell Moss joined other scholars and civic leaders in describing the multi-billion-dollar acquisition of Pittsburg-based Mellon Financial by the Bank of New York as a reaffirmation of New York City as a worldwide headquarters for banking. �It�s simply impossible to be an important bank and not have a major �. headquarters in New York City anymore,� he said. To read the full article in The New York Sun, go to http://www.nysun.com/article/44584