Erica Coleman Hamilton

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service

Erica Hamilton is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Erica is currently the Executive Director and Vice President of City Year New York.  In this capacity, she leads a team of staff and Americorps members to develop and implement strategic initiatives and oversee day-to-day operations.  Under her leadership, City Year New York annually recruits and trains  300 young adults to become tutors, mentors and role models serving nearly 15,000 students attending over 20 public schools in New York City's  highest poverty communities.  Prior to joining City Year, Erica built a career spanning over twenty years managing programs and leading teams in the non-profit and private sectors.  

In her prior roles in the non-profit sector, Erica spent over a decade managing and designing the educational and professional development programs at several high-impact, non-profit organizations including: Prep for Prep, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, the Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship and iMentor.  In addition, Erica has also worked in the private sector in a variety of roles where she was responsible for defining and overseeing the growth, quality and innovation of programs serving thousands of students and working professionals. While working in the private sector, Erica lead teams in the US and abroad to drive business strategy, develop leadership programs and implement strategic initiatives at Goldman Sachs and Citigroup. 

Throughout her career in the non-profit and private sectors Erica has always found a way to commit her time to causes that help individuals improve their access to educational or professional development opportunities.  Erica's commitment to serving others, as a full time profession, began after graduating from college, when she launched a college preparatory mentoring program for students at her high school alma mater in the Bronx. And while attending Wharton, Erica launched the school's first ever Non Profit Board Leadership Program to motivate MBA students to contribute their time and knowledge to the community by joining local non-profit boards. In addition to leading City Year, Erica also currently serves on the Board of Directors for Community Roots Charter School in Brooklyn. In 2013 Erica became a Fellow in New York University’s Ignite Program.

Erica received her M.B.A from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, her M.P.A from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and her B.A. from Harvard University.   

Continuation of CAP-GP 3401.

As part of the core curriculum of the NYU Wagner Masters program, Capstone teams spend an academic year addressing challenges and identifying opportunities for a client organization. Wagner's Capstone program provides students with a centerpiece of their graduate experience whereby they are able to experience first-hand turning the theory of their studies into practice under the guidance of an experienced faculty member. Projects require students to get up-to-speed quickly on a specific content or issue area; enhance key process skills including project management and teamwork; and develop competency in gathering, analyzing, and reporting out on data. Capstone requires students to interweave their learning in all these areas, and to do so in real time, in an unpredictable, complex, real-world environment.

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Couples with CAP-GP 3402.

As part of the core curriculum of the NYU Wagner Masters program, Capstone teams spend an academic year addressing challenges and identifying opportunities for a client organization. Wagner's Capstone program provides students with a centerpiece of their graduate experience whereby they are able to experience first-hand turning the theory of their studies into practice under the guidance of an experienced faculty member. Projects require students to get up-to-speed quickly on a specific content or issue area; enhance key process skills including project management and teamwork; and develop competency in gathering, analyzing, and reporting out on data. Capstone requires students to interweave their learning in all these areas, and to do so in real time, in an unpredictable, complex, real-world environment.

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Couples with CAP-GP 3402.

As part of the core curriculum of the NYU Wagner Masters program, Capstone teams spend an academic year addressing challenges and identifying opportunities for a client organization. Wagner's Capstone program provides students with a centerpiece of their graduate experience whereby they are able to experience first-hand turning the theory of their studies into practice under the guidance of an experienced faculty member. Projects require students to get up-to-speed quickly on a specific content or issue area; enhance key process skills including project management and teamwork; and develop competency in gathering, analyzing, and reporting out on data. Capstone requires students to interweave their learning in all these areas, and to do so in real time, in an unpredictable, complex, real-world environment.

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Couples with CAP-GP 3402.

As part of the core curriculum of the NYU Wagner Masters program, Capstone teams spend an academic year addressing challenges and identifying opportunities for a client organization. Wagner's Capstone program provides students with a centerpiece of their graduate experience whereby they are able to experience first-hand turning the theory of their studies into practice under the guidance of an experienced faculty member. Projects require students to get up-to-speed quickly on a specific content or issue area; enhance key process skills including project management and teamwork; and develop competency in gathering, analyzing, and reporting out on data. Capstone requires students to interweave their learning in all these areas, and to do so in real time, in an unpredictable, complex, real-world environment.

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