Alumnus Jason Franklin selected as Chronicle of Philanthropy "40 under 40" honoree
NYU Wagner alumnus Jason Franklin (PhD, 2014) has been named to The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s “40 under 40” honor roll of innovators at the intersection of philanthropy and public service. Franklin, whose doctoral work at the Wagner school explored issues of public administration, currently serves as W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Formerly the inaugural president of Bolder Giving, a New York nonprofit created by Bill and Melinda Gates, he works to advance the field of community philanthropy in particular. “Mr. Franklin hopes to study how people give through community foundations, giving circles, and donor networks in specific geographic areas or to address issues of common interest,” according to The Chronicle profile.
“These leaders and the others The Chronicle has selected as people under 40 to watch are trailblazers crafting innovative new approaches to entrenched problems.In their work today, we get a preview of what the future might hold.”
Alumnus Jayson Browder Discusses His New Endeavor, Veterans4Diplomacy
NYU Wagner alumnus Jayson Browder (Global Executive MPA, 2015) was a recent guest interviewee at Carnegie New Leaders, a membership program for young professionals from a range of fields who wish to engage in a dialogue on ethics and international affairs.
A Presidential Management Fellow at The White House, Jayson discussed Veterans4Diplomacy (V4D), his new venture to help student veterans to develop into the next generation of American foreign policy leaders. The inaugural V4D class (2015) is made up of seven graduate and seven undergraduate students with an average combined GPA of 3.7. They represent nine universities, come from four branches of service, and have earned a total of 34 commendation medals, including Bronze Stars, Purple Hearts, and Joint Service Medals.
Jayson previously served as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Turkey assigned as a U.S. Cultural Ambassador to the province of Bayburt with the goal of promoting cross-cultural awareness. Additionally, he worked as an adjunct academic faculty member, providing research on the Syrian conflict, Turkish and Iranian relations, and U.S. foreign policy at Bayburt University.
Before leaving for the Fulbright, Jayson was a Military Advisor to U.S. Congressman Beto O'Rourke and an Adjunct Junior Fellow at the American Security Project. His analysis on national security and foreign policy issues has been published in numerous media and think tank organizations such as the Carnegie Council, Asia Times, NPR, Foreign Policy Journal, Partnership for a Secure America, and Truman National Security Project. He proudly served in the United States Air Force.