MPA in Public & Nonprofit Management & Policy - 2006
How did you find your first post-Wagner job?
I landed an internship the summer between my first and second years at Wagner, an opportunity I discovered through Wagner’s Career Services office. A position at the organization opened up a few months prior to my graduation, and I was able to transition into full-time employment from my internship upon completion of my degree.
How did your Wagner experience prepare you professionally for what you are doing today?
Attending Wagner opened my eyes to a whole realm of professional opportunities and substantive areas of focus I had no idea existed. Prior to enrolling, I had ideas about what I did not want to do and vague notions of what I might like doing; exposure to the experiences of professors, alumni, and current students both in and outside of the classroom setting provided me with the tools to hone in on where I might best apply my skills, knowledge, and passion.
Describe your current job.
Our office is responsible for better coordinating the roughly half a billion dollars that come into the City annually to fund services like adult basic education, English as a Second Language, and occupational skills training. I am especially focused on data and metrics: working with agencies to better understand the participant data they collect and how they use it; assessing how my office and others can move agencies toward collecting more similar data; and ultimately telling the story of how the City is helping move more residents toward economic stability.