David Sandman, Ph.D., Named President and CEO of New York State Health Foundation

David Sandman, Ph.D., Named President and CEO of New York State Health Foundation

Following a nationwide search, the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) Board of Directors unanimously selected David Sandman, Ph.D., as the Foundation's next President and CEO. Dr. Sandman has been the Foundation's Senior Vice President since 2008, after serving as Executive Director of the Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century (the "Berger Commission") and in senior positions at Manatt Health Solutions, Harris Interactive, and the Commonwealth Fund.
Dr. Sandman received his Bachelor of Arts degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from Haverford College, and his Master of Public Administration degree and Ph.D. from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

"David's experience and expertise in the world of New York health care, public policy, and in philanthropy position him perfectly to lead NYSHealth in its next chapter," said Ellen Rautenberg, Chair of the Foundation's Board of Directors. "His passion for our work is palpable, and he balances that with the patience and pragmatism required to effect meaningful social change."

Dr. Sandman said he was honored to be chosen. "In its first 10 years, the Foundation has established itself as a vital player working to help New Yorkers stay healthy and ensure our health care system meets patients' needs," he said. "I look forward to building on that work, focusing our energy in these important areas, and being responsive to new opportunities."

Dr. Sandman will begin his new role effective March 1, 2016, following the departure of founding President and CEO James R. Knickman, Ph.D., who is joining the faculty of New York University, where he will have a joint appointment in NYU Wagner and the NYU Langone Medical Center's Department of Population Health. Dr. Knickman will hold the Robert Derzon Chair in Health and Public Service.

"All of us on the NYSHealth Board are grateful to Jim Knickman for his leadership of the organization since its inception," said Ms. Rautenberg. "He shaped the Foundation into a strong force in New York's health landscape that has made a meaningful difference for the health and wellbeing of New Yorkers."

Discussion Marks 30th Anniversary of Award-Winning book on Public Service [Video]

Discussion Marks 30th Anniversary of Award-Winning book on Public Service [Video]


First published in 1980, Street-Level Bureaucracy by Michael Lipsky is a critically acclaimed study of public service workers - be they teachers, nurses, police officers, or child protective caseworkers-and the ways that they wield discretion and influence over the day-to-day operation of government programs. Lipsky's path-breaking book explores the tensions among these front-line workers, their clients and their managers, and how those tensions shape the possibility of systemic reform.

On Thursday, September 16, NYU Wagner Dean Ellen Schall joined Lipsky, distinguished senior fellow with Demos, New York City Deputy Mayor for Human Services Linda Gibbs, and John Mollenkopf, director of the Center for Urban Research at the CUNY Graduate Center, to reflect on the award-winning book - reprinted on its 30th anniversary - and to discuss current problems and creative solutions in reforming social services.

The need for effective health care, social services education, and law enforcement is as urgent as ever, three decades since the book's original publication by the Russell Sage Foundation.

Deputy Mayor Gibbs recalled her reform-oriented work at the Administration for Children's Services and the Department of Homeless Services of New York City, emphasizing the value of engaging with street-level staff, while Dean Schall, the Martin Cherkasky Professor of Health Policy & Management, discussed her years early in her career as a Legal Aid attorney, and her experiences with reform as the commissioner of the Department of Juvenile Justice for New York City. Along with Michael Lipsky, they explored the everyday tensions between rules and discretion that exist for front-line workers and managers.

All agreed that the desire to make a difference draws younger people, mid-career professionals and increasingly even retirees to careers and positions in public service, and that this motivation remains at least as powerful as it was 30 years ago.

"I would say what young people want is impact," Dean Schall said during the question-and-answer segment, which included involvement by several Wagner faculty and students in the audience. "There isn't a sector where you can have greater impact than the public sector."

Downtown Brooklyn Setting Pace for Innovative Urban Development, Report Finds

Downtown Brooklyn Setting Pace for Innovative Urban Development, Report Finds

Hakeem Jeffries

The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, NYU Wagner's Rudin Center, and Appleseed Inc. unveiled a new report on Feb 23 at the Wagner school, explaining how Downtown Brooklyn became a major destination for innovative urban development, and offering ways to keep it that way.

The report, titled "Downtown Rising: How Brooklyn Became a Model for Urban Development," states that Downtown Brookyn is setting an ambitious pace for the rest of the city and providing a model for other burgeoning central business districts across the region and nationwide.

"You have the Brooklyn Bridge Park on one end, Barclays Center on the other, and in that is a massive amount of energy and activity which is spreading all the way down to Sunset Park and Industry City to all the way north in Greenpoint,” said Mitchell C. Moss, Henry Hart Rice Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at NYU Wagner, and Director of the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management. Professor Moss,who moderated the breakfast forum centered on the report, added, “We believe Downtown Brooklyn's success is reflected in the number of new start-ups, households and cultural activities that have reinforced the superb quality of life in the borough."

Among the attendees was Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, who spoke about not leaving behind the local residents as money continues to foster economic opportunities in Downtown Brooklyn.

At the same time, Senator Charles Schumer commented on the report, saying in a written statement: "Downtown Brooklyn has transformed into a 24 hour live, work, play neighborhood. Driven from creating a central business district as charted in the Group of 35 Report, to the tech boom in Brooklyn, businesses and people simply want to be here. Continuing these smart development policies are key to keeping Brooklyn on top."


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