Moschell (Mo) Coffey is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service of NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She is passionate about developing the capacities of the public service sector. As the founder and principal of Challenges and Solutions LLC, Mo uses a culturally competent and strengths-based approach to help mission-driven organizations identify challenges and formulate solutions to achieve organizational efficiency, strengthen board and staff relationships, enable strategic growth, and define program outcomes. She also enjoys helping emerging and established leaders in public service explore their professional passions, chart career paths, and search for meaningful opportunities.
Mo’s consulting clients have included private foundations; the Institute for Child Success funded by the Obama White House Social Innovation Fund; Blue Meridian Partners; the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center funded by the New York State Health Foundation; Mission: Cure; the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies at UC Hastings College of the Law; and the Office of the President at New York University (NYU).
Furthering her commitment to leadership and professional development, Mo directs the Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service, a program of NYU’s Leadership Initiative and NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (NYU Wagner). She also oversees the professional development of the undergraduate participants in NYU’s Presidential Internship Program.
Previously, Mo worked as the managing director for The Good Dog Foundation, the national leader in therapy dog training, certification, visit coordination, research, and awareness. She was also the coordinator at the National Center on Philanthropy and the Law at NYU School of Law.
Mo earned her Master of Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy from NYU Wagner, where she now serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service. She is a Trustee of Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, where she earned an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude in International Relations with a minor in Spanish.
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 or working on a pre-approved, team-generated project in which they develop a business case or prototype to create social impact or launch a social enterprise.