Frances Liu

MPA-PNP - 2012

Program Manager, Community Development
Frances Liu

How did being in New York impact your professional journey?

New York City has been a central character in my professional journey thus far. I have worked for several NYC-based advocacy and research nonprofits, in an NYC mayoral administration, and at a financial institution that supports initiatives in low-income communities around New York. I love this city—its neighborhoods, its people, and its public policy opportunities.

How did your Wagner experience prepare you professionally for what you are doing today?

Because NYU Wagner is well-connected to policymakers, practitioners, and thought leaders, my experience at Wagner served as a springboard to more deeply know this city and analyze the public policy challenges it faces. In addition, NYU Wagner helped me hone my analytical skills and think more broadly about ways to bring about change in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors.

Describe your current job.

I currently work as a program manager for the NY Tri-State Region of Citi Community Development, which collaborates with nonprofits and municipal agencies on initiatives to help low-income individuals achieve economic empowerment. I manage several partnerships—with a particular focus on immigrant integration programs—and I contribute to the internal strategy team. It's been a great opportunity to work at the intersection of sectors and leverage my past knowledge and experiences working for nonprofits and city government.