Elvis Cordova

MPA in Public & Nonprofit Management & Policy - 2003

Deputy Under Secretary
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Elvis Cordova

Why did you choose Wagner for graduate school?

I wanted to be in New York because I had a strong interest in working for the United Nations.  I was also enthusiastic about the Capstone program that Wagner offered as part of its curriculum, as the combination of classroom instruction coupled with the opportunity for real world application has no comparison. Through an NYU supported internship and my Capstone project, I had the opportunity accomplish my goal, work for the UN and gain first-hand experience into the workings of the organization. 

How would you describe your experience as a Wagner student?

The experience was an extraordinary one for me.  I was always impressed by the caliber of my peers at Wagner.  The mix of working professionals, international students, and full-time students provided an auspicious environment from which various perspectives, ideas, and practices could coalesce into new approaches. 

What are the advantages of the Wagner alumni network?

The Wagner alumni network is a great resource not only for alumni but also for the current student body at Wagner.  As a student, I identified mentors, received professional guidance, and created the professional development opportunities that allowed me to advance in my career.  Now I am happy to be an alumnus who can provide guidance and opportunities to current Wagner students.