Meghan Bernstein

MPA in Public & Nonprofit Management & Policy - 2014

Manager, Program Evaluation
Larkin Street Youth Services
Meghan Bernstein

How did being in New York impact your professional journey?

Being in New York City for graduate school provided me with many unique career development opportunities. I was able to participate in a fellowship program with Taproot Foundation, work part-time in program evaluation at a homeless services organization, go to numerous events related to my career interests, and meet many people working or aspiring to work in the public sector. Not only is NYC an exciting place to be, it also provides Wagner students with a very diverse set of experiences.

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

My Wagner experience provided me with a comprehensive skill set that is directly applicable to the role I hold today. Further, Wagner provided me with a more complete understanding of the public sector and its inner-workings, both through the teachings of knowledgeable professors and direct experience in the nonprofit field.

Describe your current job.

I am currently working at Larkin Street Youth Services, a nonprofit organization in San Francisco, California. Larkin Street is an organization striving to inspire youth to move beyond the street through its continuum of services. I am the manager of program evaluation and am responsible for measuring programmatic impact, presenting evaluation findings, and working with stakeholders to improve our services.