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."


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