Neil Reilly

MPA-PNP - 2013

Senior Policy Analyst
Citizens Housing & Planning Council
Neil Reilly

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WAGNER FOR GRADUATE SCHOOL?

I chose Wagner for several reasons. The primary reason was that I was interested in getting a post-graduation job in which I could work on some urban social issues, and staying home in NYC was the perfect opportunity for that. Other things I considered were the fact that the local government is swarming with Wagner alumni; and the fact that I felt I could get the type of job I was looking for with either an MPA or a law degree, so the appeal of being done in one fewer year was strong.

HOW DID YOUR WAGNER EXPERIENCE PREPARE YOU PROFESSIONALLY FOR WHAT YOU ARE DOING TODAY?

The primary preparation was the quantitative training I got in the MPA policy analysis curriculum. I wanted to gain data skills to pair with my writing ability, and that's exactly what those quantitative courses gave me. On a more general note, the exposure that Wagner offers its students to the work that is actually happening in and around New York City government is an accurate glimpse into the policymaking process.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF THE WAGNER ALUMNI NETWORK?

As I mentioned, Wagner alums are everywhere in NYC. I know I can reach out to my past professors as sounding boards. It's important that the reputation of the training Wagner gives its policy analysts is solid.