Maia Hyary

MPA-Health - 2013

‎Doctoral Student, Institute for Children, Youth and Family Policy
Brandeis University
Maia Hyary

How did being in New York impact your professional journey?

New York City has an enormous number of social services, and has been very proactive in developing cutting-edge policy solutions to issues of poverty and health. However, the city still has many communities in need, and public institutions and nonprofits are always looking for new strategies to address pressing social problems. This dynamic policy environment made New York the ideal place for me to gain invaluable real world policy experience while continuing my education.

How would you describe your experience as a Wagner student?

I never spent a day at Wagner without being challenged academically. In particular, I made great strides in developing my skills in statistics and research methods. But despite the academic rigor of the program, I still felt welcomed and supported by both the faculty and my fellow students from my first day on campus.

How did you find your first post-Wagner job?

While studying at Wagner, I became passionate about food policy and wanted to find a post-graduate position that allowed me to work in that field. I had worked closely with several professors who were aware of my career goals and connected me with a fantastic research institute where I obtained a full-time job. I am now in a Ph.D. program, and I know that my time at Wagner was critical in helping me to develop the academic skills I need to succeed at the next level.