"There's nothing comparable to public service" - Former Mayor Edward I. Koch [Video]
Former New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch, who died in the early-morning hours Feb. 1, led an informative, entertaining hour of discussion in the fall of 2010 at NYU Wagner about his eventful three terms at City Hall – years that sparked a remarkable turnaround in the condition and character of much of New York City, noticeable to this day.
Joining Koch was Jonathan Soffer, NYU Polytechnic associate professor of history and author of a critically acclaimed biography, Ed Koch and the Rebuilding of New York City (Columbia University Press, 2010), as well as Wagner's dean Ellen Schall, who introduced Koch as “my mayor," noting that she had worked extensively for city government, including as the commissioner of juvenile justice.
“City government, I say to all my students, is really the most amazing opportunity,” she commented. “It allows you to work on incredibly important issues, have much more authority as a young person that you have any reason to have, and make a huge amount of difference.”
Koch spoke passionately about the merits of embarking on a career in public service.
“There’s nothing comparable to public service,” he said. “More than saying ‘How am I doin’?’ … more than that I said 10,000 times that public service is the most noble profession if it’s done honestly and if it’s done well. And that’s why people serve. There’s nothing like it.”
In this videotape of the Oct. 14, 2010 conversation at Wagner, the former mayor begins speaking at marker 15:48.
2010 Public Service Career Expo Attracts Over 100 Employers
The 2010 Public Service Career Expo was extremely successful. More than 300 students and alumni from five nationally recognized schools of public affairs attended, with just over 100 employers participating, 96 of them with the goal of recruiting candidates for existing jobs and internships.
Both students and employers offered postiive feedback about the diverse representation of public service organizations at the March 11th Expo, held at the Metropolitan Pavilion on West 18th Street in Manhattan. Among the participating organizations were: Accenture; Fitch Ratings; Moody's Investor's Service; Citizens Budget Commission; New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; International Rescue Commitee; UNDP & UNICEF; New Leaders for New Schools; Congressional Research Service; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; New York City Department of Environmental Protection; New York City Economic Development Corp., and many others.
In addition to NYU Wagner, this year's Expo consortium of schools included Carnegie Mellon, Heinz College, School of Public Policy & Management; Duke University's Terry Sanford School of Public Policy; The George Washington University Trachetenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration; and Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenshp & Public Affairs.
2012 Public Service Career Expo - March 8
On Thursday, March 8, NYU Wagner will host the 10th annual Public Service Career Expo (3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Metropolitan Pavilion South 125 West 18th Street, between 6th & 7th avenues), New York, N.Y.). This year's Expo will provide students and alumni with the opportunity to connect with 125 public-service employers throughout the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
Examples of participating employers include: U.N.D.P, Deloitte Consulting, Ernst & Young, NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, NYC Department of Small Business Services, Moody's Investors Service, the William J. Clinton Foundation, MDRC, Synergos Institute, US Dept of Education, Achievement First, MTA NYC Transit, Karbone, Parsons Brinkerhoff and much more. See the full list of participating organizations here.
Please note: The Public Service Career Expo is only for NYU Wagner and consortium school students and alumni. Attendees must bring a current school ID or a resume listing their past or present consortium school graduate education in order to enter the Expo.
The Public Service Career Expo is hosted in partnership with NYU Wagner; Carnegie Mellon Heinz School of Public Policy and Management; Cornell Institute for Public Affairs; Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs; and University of Chicago Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy.
ACA-Driven 11th Edition of "Jonas & Kovner's Health Care in America" Provides Readers with Guide for Changing Market
With its recent affirmation by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," has become a permanent feature of the nation’s health care system. Now, the just-published 11th Edition of the highly acclaimed Jonas and Kovner's Health Care Delivery in the United States (Springer Publishing Co.) emerges as a vitally needed new resource and guide to the changing market.
Readable and accessible, the textbook on health care in the United States is the handiwork of the 11th edition editors Dr. James R. Knickman, President and CEO of the New York State Healthcare Foundation, and Anthony Kovner, Professor of Public Health Management at NYU Wagner. It has been revised specifically with graduate students in healthcare policy and management in mind, along with executives, managers, and staff all across a diverse and dynamic field.
The title’s official website, offers a comprehensive overview of the 11th Edition and its new features, along with video interviews with the editors, a Q&A with the chapter authors, and ancillary materials, such as a sample syllabus and free downloadable chapter on the Affordable Care Act, and a four-chapter downloadable sampler. Additional resources for qualified instructors include a manual, PowerPoint slides, test bank, and image bank, as well as the option to request a desk or exam copy.
Contributors to the 11th Edition include such luminaries as Michael Gusmano, Carolyn Clancy, Joanne Spetz, Nirav Shah, Sherry Glied (Dean and Professor of Public Service, NYU Wagner), Michael Sparer, and Christy LeMak, among others. The book is available from Springer Publishing as well as from Amazon in both print and Kindle formats.
Alumnus an Honoree in Crain's "40 Under 40" List of Up and Comers
The annual “40 Under 40” issue of Crain’s New York for 2015 honors NYU Wagner alumnus Gary Rodney (MUP 1999). As President of the New York City Housing Development Corp., Rodney is at the forefront of carrying out Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pledge to build or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing over 10 years. Don't miss the profile.
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.