Carmen Montes de Oca
MPA-PNP - 2011
Why did you choose Wagner for graduate school?
I chose NYU Wagner for the robustness of its academic program and the diversity of courses offered, which are taught by faculty with extensive experience in their field who bring perspective and real-life examples to the classroom – thus bridging theory and practice.
How did you find your first post-Wagner job?
I obtained my first post-Wagner job by directly applying to positions in NYC government. NYU Wagner’s highly-respected MPA program greatly enhanced my credentials and I was able to take the next big leap in my career by becoming Budget Director for the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission.
How did your Wagner experience prepare you professionally for what you are doing today?
NYU Wagner greatly enhanced my analytical and managerial skills, and provided me with the foundational knowledge and the practical know-how – both of which have served me well throughout my professional journey.