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Aspen Institute Awards Fellowship on Family Poverty to WOCPN Executive Director

Aspen Institute Awards Fellowship on Family Poverty to WOCPN Executive Director

C. Nicole Mason, executive director of the Women of Color Policy Network, has been named a member of the inaugural class of The Aspen Institute Fellowship - in all, a distinguished group of 20 leaders from across the country who are pioneering two-generation approaches to move families beyond poverty.

The Aspen Institute announced its Ascend Fellows at an event Feb. 15 at its offices in Washington, D.C.

Under Dr. Mason's direction, the Women of Color Policy Network - part of NYU Wagner - has become a leading authority and voice on public policies that affect women of color, low-income families, and communities of color. The Network conducts original research and collects critical data used to inform public policy at every level of government. It also serves as a nexus for women of color scholars, leaders, and practitioners.

Dr. Mason has been a partner on several statewide and national initiatives to identify strategies to move low-income women and families toward economic security, including the Odyssey Project, a multi-year community college collaborative to improve educational outcomes for young women of color. Her commentary and writing have been featured in such outlets as The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Essence magazine, CNN, and NPR.

The Ascend Fellowship was launched in 2011 with support from national foundations and women philanthropists and is a hub for breakthrough ideas and proven strategies that move parents and children - two generations - toward economic security together, with educational success central to its work. In addition to Dr. Mason, the list of Fellows includes leaders in higher education and across the nonprofit, public and private sectors.

At NYU Wagner event, OMB Director Orszag describes remedies for U.S. deficit [Video]

At NYU Wagner event, OMB Director Orszag describes remedies for U.S. deficit [Video]

Peter Orszag, Director of the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

Peter Orszag, Director of the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), talked about the enormous U.S. budget deficit, its primary causes, and its potential implications for health care, higher education, and the career prospects of younger people in an address November 3rd at New York University sponsored by the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Orszag was introduced by John Sexton, NYU's President, and Ellen Schall, the Dean of NYU Wagner, who served as the event's moderator and in her opening remarks noted that Orszag was the youngest member of President Barack Obama's cabinet.

Last year, Orszag told the audience of more than 400 people at NYU's Kimmel Center, the federal deficit was $1.4 trillion ,and a comparable budget gap is projected for the present fiscal year. Over the next decade, he said, the federal government is projected to generate additional red ink of $9 trillion. "Deficits of this size are serious and ultimately unsustainable," Orszag said.

The event was broadcast live by Fox Business while generating a significant amount of public interest and media coverage. To read an official text of the speech or view the NYU webcast, click on the links below.


Barack Obama at NYU Wagner

Barack Obama at NYU Wagner

Senator Barack Obama at NYU Wagner
Barack Obama visited the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University on July 25, 2007 to discuss his ideas about reducing poverty, extending health care coverage widely, and reaching disconnected youth. The event was the Working Cities Forum, a leadership forum on the working poor sponsored by the nonprofit Community Service Society of New York (CSS) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The invitation-only dialogue with a major presidential candidate was the second in three months at NYU Wagner: on April 23, Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed urban issues in the same setting. On behalf of NYU President John Sexton and Wagner Dean Ellen Schall, Obama was introduced by Lynne Brown, NYU's Senior Vice President for University Relations and Public Affairs. A video of the event will be posted in the future at, where Clinton's appearance can currently be viewed.

Beth Noveck Named as One of 100 Pioneers of New Economy

Beth Noveck Named as One of 100 Pioneers of New Economy

NYU Wagner’s Beth Noveck has been named to a just-announced national roster of  leading pioneers of the new economy.

The new “Purpose Economy 100” list identifies catalysts engaged in “shifting the economy to better serve people and the planet” with innovative models, philosophies, and inventions. It highlights those who are researching, developing, and shaping markets that foster community, personal development, and impact.

The Purpose Economy 100 cohort spans every sector of the economy, from startups, corporations, and academia, to government and nonprofits. Covering nearly 20 industries, the honorees range from people of great fame to emerging innovators. In addition to Noveck – who is Jacob K. Javits Visiting Professor and Director of GovLab at New York University, working on open and collaborative approaches to governance using the latest in digital technology —the roll highlights social entrepreneurs such as Patagonia’s Yvon Chouinard, more recent market makers like the founders of Airbnb and Kickstart, grassroots community organizers such as Sara Horowitz of Freelancers Union, corporate leader Indra Nooyi of PepsiCo, and academic thought leader Brené Brown of the University of Houston.

With hundreds of nominations received, the selection of the The PE 100 was based on three key factors:  

- Their scale of impact, the degree to which they engage in purposeful work on an individual, organizational or societal level

- Their fit against one of five core levers proven to drive changes in markets:  research, policy, public perception, disruptive technology, and bright spots (redesigning existing systems)

- Finally, their domain of focus and the sector where they are effecting change.

The Purpose Economy is a movement organized by Imperative, a career development platform that connects professionals to purpose in their work.  It was created in partnership with CSRwire, a digital media platform.


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