Why did you choose NYU Wagner for graduate school?
I knew that to grow in the field of international development, I'd need to develop more technical expertise, but I was hesitant to focus on a narrow sub-field. Wagner's MPA program allowed me to hone transferable management and strategy skills, while continuing to explore questions around impactful global development.
How did your experiences at NYU Wagner prepare you for your career?
For one, NYU Wagner was the most diverse professional setting I've ever had the pleasure to be a part of; in doing so, I learned so much from my peers and community members. I hope that has made me a more inclusive colleague and better listener today. I've certainly leveraged a number of tangible tools gained in my Wagner experience, such as approaches to program evaluation and community organizing. Ultimately, I think the greatest benefit was broadening my mindset, the ways to approach my work, and the tools available to me.
Can you tell us a bit about your job responsibilities?
I help align the support of U.S.-based corporate partners with UNICEF's work globally. In particular, I support our global partnership with Johnson & Johnson focused on frontline health workers, as well as partners combating maternal and newborn tetanus and improving water and hygiene infrastructure.
What is your next move?
Over the last year, I have been writing my first book, titled Teaching Between the Lines. My book will explore how youth development organizations teach, translate, and shape the hidden curriculum, the unstated norms, behaviors and language that are rewarded in an American educational setting. I hope my writing and research unlock more opportunities to engage in the youth development space at home and abroad.