Shammara Wright

MPA-Health - 2014

Senior Advisor
NYC Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO), NYC Mayor's Office
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.

Describe your current job.

I oversee the implementation, performance monitoring, and evaluation of a 40 million dollar health and workforce development portfolio. This includes cultivating inter-­agency relationships and providing programmatic guidance rooted in performance analysis, evidence, and field research. I also oversee evaluations and act as a thought leader across workforce and health agencies.