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MUP Student at Wagner Wins Soros Fellowship for New Americans

MUP Student at Wagner Wins Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Leda DeRosa, who is pursuing a master’s degree in urban planning (MUP) at NYU Wagner, has been selected as a recipient of a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. She is one of 30 winners of the 2013 national competition, chosen from more than 1,050 applicants.

New Americans Fellows are selected on the basis of individual merit and promise - individuals who seem best-positioned to make a distinctive contribution to some aspect of American life. Clearly, Leda fits the bill.

Born in Korea, raised in Connecticut, Leda has a keen desire to work in underserved communities. This, she notes, arises from her complex immigrant and minority identities.

Leda graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College, and was supported with scholarships and part-time jobs. She subsequently worked as a corporate legal assistant for a major New York-based international law firm and as Associate Director of an African-American think tank affiliated with Columbia Law School.

Each Fellow receives tuition and stipend assistance of up to $90,000 in support of graduate education in this country.  The full slate of immigrant and academic stories can be found in all of its remarkable diversity here: 2013 Fellows' Bios.

New Fulbright Scholarship Designated For NYU Wagner/UCL Global EMPA Program

New Fulbright Scholarship Designated For NYU Wagner/UCL Global EMPA Program

NYU Wagner is pleased to announce that a Fulbright scholarship will be offered to an outstanding student from the United Kingdom who gains admission to the Executive Program for Global Policy Leaders (Global EMPA) for the fall, 2015.

The Global EMPA is a joint degree of NYU Wagner and University College London, designed for experienced managers, rising leaders, and executives across sectors. Students in this integrated program spend the first semester in New York City, the second in London, and the summer in global locations at work on a Capstone project. The Fulbright deadline to apply for the new scholarship is October 31, 2014. For more details, please visit the Fulbright Commission.

New York Times Spotlights NYU Wagner Convocation Ceremony Keynote Address

New York Times Spotlights NYU Wagner Convocation Ceremony Keynote Address

The New York Times online spotlight of 2015 graduation speeches, "Cap and Gown," highlighted NYU Wagner's Convocation speaker Cody Keenan, the chief speechwriter for President Obama. In The Times' coverage, Cody was joined by such luminaries as First Lady Michelle Obama (for Tuskegee University), Apple chief executive Tim Cook (for George Washington University), and Vice President Joe Biden (for Yale University).

The  2015 Wagner Convocation ceremony's inclusion in The Times' compilation of some the country's most inspiring graduation speeches adds a welcome luster to a spectacular event, held May 19 before a capacity crowd in the truly distinctive New York City Center in Midtown Manhattan.

 

 

New York Times spotlights NYU Wagner's 'Visual Explorer' application tool

New York Times spotlights NYU Wagner's 'Visual Explorer' application tool

When NYU Wagner reviews applications for admission, we try to add up the many components that make up an applicant and ask ourselves: Who is this person? Two years ago, we added an optional Visual Explorer essay to our application. This essay section provides all applicants with an opportunity to offer information about themselves that is not always captured through the standard essay question on the application. They are asked to select a photograph from an archive of two dozen conceptual images and then write about it. The process draws out their creativity, while grounding them in a moment of reflection about their motivation to study and work in public service.

"Too often," notes Wagner's dean, Ellen Schall, "applying to graduate school is transactional. We added Visual Explorer because we wanted to signal that the Wagner experience is transformational. Visual Explorer calls for people to slow down enough to reflect on their own experiences, connect their passion for public service to their professional goals, and offer their own perspectives on how to change the world."

On Nov. 1, 2009, the Education Life supplement of The New York Times spotlighted Wagner's pattern-breaking application tool, the images for which are provided in collaboration with the nonprofit Center for Creative Leadership, or CCL.

View the interactive feature at the New York Times.

NYU Wagner alumnus Zachary Townsend Spotlighted in Forbes "30 under 30" Honor Roll

NYU Wagner alumnus Zachary Townsend Spotlighted in Forbes "30 under 30" Honor Roll

Forbes "30 Under 30": Zachary Townsend (r.)

NYU Wagner graduate Zachary Townsend (MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy, 2012) is heralded in Forbes magazine’s prestigious “30 under 30” roster of highly successful and original strivers.

As Forbes reports, Townsend and his colleague, Dan Kimerling, are working in the field of entrepreneurial technology, where they have created a venture-backed business – Standard Treasury. The startup makes it easier for companies to conduct their commercial banking and to more simply add electronic checks, foreign exchanges, and other financial services to their websites and apps.

Previously, Townsend worked at Stripe, a company that makes it easy for software developers to accept credit cards on the web. Prior to Stripe, he was Senior Technology Policy Adviser to Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker, and conducted civic and social sector management consulting as an Associate and Senior Associate at Bennett Midland LLC. His past clients included the NYC Administration of Children’s Services, the NYPD, the NYC Mayor’s Office, the Atlantic Philanthropies, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

He is a published statistician, a current board member of Bayes Impact, a not-for-profit that creates a data science fellowship for the social sector, and one of the co-founders of DataKind, a not-for-profit organization that matches pro bono data scientists with other not-for-profits.  As a student at Wagner, he focused on public financial and statistical methods.

Congratulations,  NYU Wagner alumnus Zachary Townsend, for well-deserved praise and recognition for a new year!

 

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