Yasaman Pishvazadeh Martin
MPA in Public & Nonprofit Management & Policy - 2013
Why did you choose Wagner for graduate school?
First, I wanted a program that would mix practice and theory but where I could focus on the former based on my course selections. At Wagner, I was able to take courses that would directly apply to my current career and explore how I might develop and adjust that path in different directions over time. I also wanted a program that was in NYC (where I lived and worked) and was competitive but allowed me to attend part-time. I knew I would remain in NYC for the foreseeable future and the network I would build at Wagner would support me for years to come.
How would you describe your experience as a Wagner student?
I was working full-time as a Wagner student, changed jobs while in school, and have remained at that job to date. Being a part-time student was challenging but certainly helped my transition into my current job as a consultant. Capstone as well as case studies in various courses were very much aligned with the work I was doing outside of Wagner. Further, practical courses focused on negotiation, presentation skills, strategic management could be applied directly to my job.
Describe your current job.
I am currently a Senior Manager at Graham-Pelton Consulting, a global non-profit management and fundraising consulting firm. I counsel non-profit organizations across sectors and of all sizes, primarily in the tri-state area. Some of the services I've supported them with include: strategic planning, board development and engagement, campaign management, annual giving, major gifts, alumni engagement, board trainings/retreats, campaign planning/feasibility studies, and development and capacity building assessments.