Madina P. Ouedraogo

MPA in Public & Nonprofit Management & Policy - 2020

Policy Coordinator
Office of Governor Philip D. Murphy at the State of New Jersey
Madina P. Ouedraogo

Why did you choose NYU Wagner for graduate school?

I chose NYU Wagner because I wanted to attend a school that was rooted in public service. Wagner is not just a public policy school that offers a comprehensive curriculum; it is an environment that prepares students who aspire to become public servants and change agents to magnify our impact and go on to help foster meaningful change in the world. Being a Wagnerd allows you to be a part of a legacy much greater than yourself. 

Can you tell us a bit about your job responsibilities?

The role of the Policy Team is to advance the Governor’s policy agenda, frame policy decisions for the Governor and his senior staff and develop new policy solutions to challenges that arise across the Administration. The team does this by working with various Cabinet agencies, stakeholders, and other offices within the Governor’s Front Office team to advance a shared agenda.

What impact do you hope to make through your career?

As a proud Burkinabè - American, Black, Muslim woman, my intersectional identities allow me to see life through multiple lenses. My interlocking identities bind me to a higher standard of social justice. When I look in the mirror, I am constantly reminded of the communities I represent, and the duty I have to assist in the dismantling of various forms of institutional and systemic oppression. My life’s mission is to aid in the eradication of patriarchy and white supremacy. As a staunch advocate for gender equity and racial justice I utilize an intersectional lens in my policy work.