Geoff Berman

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service

Geoff is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service of NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.  He is also the current Executive Director of the New York State Democratic Party. He has worked as a senior advisor and campaign strategist for an array of progressive causes and political campaigns. In 2008, Geoff left his job as Artistic Director of the Atlantic Theater Company’s acting school to join then-Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign as a political organizer. He went on to serve as New York State Field Director, and then State Director, for the president’s grassroots political organization, Organizing for America. During the 2012 Obama re-election campaign, Geoff served as Deputy National Training Director and then Deputy National GOTV Director at campaign headquarters in Chicago. He has also helped lead and advise organizations championing progressive causes including health care, the environment, education, and gun violence prevention. In 2013, he was a senior advisor to Everytown for Gun Safety (then called Mayors Against Illegal Guns) working to pass common sense gun violence prevention legislation in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Programs at Educators for Excellence, a progressive education non-profit working to get public school teachers more involved in the political and policy discussions that affect their classrooms and students.

Geoff has a Juris Doctor, as well as master’s degree in political history, from the University of Virginia, and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California, Los Angeles. Geoff serves as Chair of the Board of Pipeline Theatre Company and as an adviser to The Arena, an organization that helps first-time candidates run for office. He lives with his wife, Alexandra, in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, where he has lived for over 20 years.

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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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