Global Research Institute names Natasha Iskander as Research Fellow

Global Research Institute names Natasha Iskander as Research Fellow

Natasha Iskander, assistant professor of public policy at NYU Wagner, has been named a research fellow at the Global Research Institute at the University of North Carolina.

Professor Iskander conducts research on labor migration and its relationship to economic development, labor mobilization, and processes of institutional innovation and organizational learning. She recently authored Creative State: Forty Years of Migration and Development in Morocco and Mexico (Cornell University Press: 2010), which examines how nations' governments elaborated policies to build a link between labor emigration and local economic development.

There are six 2011-'12 Global Research Institute fellows, the second cohort to receive research support from the Institute. The focus this year is the theme of immigration. The fellows' work contributes to the development of policy recommendations designed to keep North Carolina competitive on a national and global level.


GLOBSEC Young Leaders' Forum Taps NYU Wagner Global EMPA Student Jayson Browder

GLOBSEC Young Leaders' Forum Taps NYU Wagner Global EMPA Student Jayson Browder

Congratulations, Jayson Browder, a student in NYU Wagner’s Global EMPA program! He has been selected to participate in the GLOBSEC Young Leaders' Forum 2015 – one of 35 newly selected participants from a variety of backgrounds and from 29 countries. Over 300 applicants, aged 25 to 35, had applied from 61 countries.

“We took into consideration a number of criteria including leadership potential, interest and commitment to transatlantic relations, foreign policy, security and ability to contribute to and benefit from the forum’s experience," according to the GLOBSEC announcement.

In the next two months leading up to the forum, Browder and the other participants  from places such as Accra, Canberra, Islmabad, Washington, D.C., and Moscow  will have a rare opportunity to evaluate and provide strategic policy proposals and plans for action for the main panels of the GLOBSEC Young Leaders' Forum on a group of topics.

“We aim to engage the participants in the lasting debate on the strengthening of transatlantic relations and we are looking forward to welcoming them to the wider GLOBSEC community,” according to the announcement.

Browder, a decorated US Air Force veteran, is a Presidential Management Fellow and a former Fulbright scholar.

GovLoop/NASPAA Scholarship Competition - Part II

GovLoop/NASPAA Scholarship Competition - Part II

Brian Footer

NYU Wagner has not just one, but two finalists in the national Public Service Scholarship essay-writing competition sponsored by the GovLoop social network for government and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. He's Brian Footer, who is working toward an MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy with a specialization in Financial Management.

Way to go, Brian!

Brian is one of 15 finalists. His essay was chosen from more than 170 submissions by judges from GovLoop and NASPAA. In the next and last phase of the competition, the three winning pieces on how to prioritize federal sending in fiscally constrained times will be picked by the GovLoop network of more than 50,000 members in an online vote, and will be eligible for a scholarship award of as much as $2,500.

"If the U.S. government had only $100 million left in the budget," Brian's thoughtful and well crafted submission begins, "I would begin devising a grant program to direct money to local governments in the pursuit of assisting the most fragile and disenfranchised populations. I believe government's inherent social value is establishing services essential to provide basic human needs. This, however, is not a mandate for government to deliver services. Rather, government should be a coordinator of parties and resources, and no one understands the unique demands of each geographic community better than local government."

The piece goes on to explain how the locally guided grant process would work.

Brian's own career as a passionate public servant is more than 10 years in the making.

He moved to New York City to work on Christine C. Quinn's successful campaign for re-election as City Council Speaker, and later served as the Speaker's Scheduler. Prior to arriving in the city, he lived in Washington, D.C., and worked on Capitol Hill, for the Democratic Governors Association as a fund raiser, and for the US Tax Court as a Clerk.

He is now a Legislative Policy Analyst to the New York City Council's Committee on Aging and Committee on Veterans Affairs.

Brian volunteers his time at the Abzyme Research Foundation, helping to advocate for development of abzyme technology in hopes of producing the world's first effective HIV vaccine and improved treatments. After two years of effort and dedication toward developing a small-donor program, Brian is a member of the Board of Directors.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Prelaw from Ohio University.



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