Nupur Chaudhury

MUP - 2009

Director of Neighborhood Health
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Nupur Chaudhury

Why did you choose Wagner for graduate school?

I chose Wagner for its unique approach to urban planning. Wagner houses their planning program in a School of Public Service, not in a school of architecture. I had a clear vision of how I wanted to be of service to this world. To be trained in a school of public service in order to understand how best to serve the world? That was a no-brainer!

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

Without a doubt, the ability to work in teams for a shared goal is something that I had no idea how to do before Wagner. Through Capstone and shared projects, Wagner asserted that team work and thriving teams were essential to public service. By requiring us to work alongside Policy students and Health Management students to name a few, Wagner normalized the idea that the most innovative ideas are at the point of intersection. Additionally, to learn planning in New York was simply amazing!  

What are the advantages of the Wagner alumni network?

All Wagner alumni come from a place of service. To be amongst people who are striving to make a difference in the world, well, there's pretty much nothing like it in this city. Wagner alumni are, hands down, coming from a place of "yes" when the world often says "no.”