Shammara Wright

MPA-Health - 2014

Director of Health Education
NYC Department of Education, Office of School Wellness Programs
Shammara Wright

Why did you choose Wagner for graduate school?

I did a bit of research before choosing a graduate program and found that I was most interested in the schools approach to learning. Specifically, I was interested in a school that handled health policy well. Wagner's approach to investigating and learning at the intersection of complex issues caught me. From personal experiences I knew this was true, especially in health policy where multitudes of contributing factors influence any given situation, and I knew I wanted to tackle the subject through that lens. 

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

I use what I learned at Wagner on a daily basis. From statistics to economics, and current issues in health policy, Wagner framed how I think about, analyze, and even help develop programs and evaluations alike.

what are the advantages of the wagner alumni network?

It's unlike anything I've ever seen--especially in City government, you can't walk far with out bumping into a Wagner alum.