Warner A. Fite

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service

Warner Fite is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service at NYU Wagner and a Principal of Public Equity Group, a boutique consulting firm that serves foundations and nonprofit organizations where he has led engagements for a range of organizations in the social sector.   These organizations include the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, Education Through Music, New American Leaders, and Millennial Action Project.  Warner has a broad range of experience in financial, operational, and strategic planning in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors.  

He began his career in the Investment Banking Division of Merrill Lynch & Co. where he spent 13 years and was one of the initial members of the firm’s private equity group.  Following his time at Merrill Lynch, Warner established an independent consulting practice providing strategic planning, business development and financial advisory work for nonprofit organizations and private equity portfolio companies in transition.  In the nearly 20 years in this practice, he worked with a wide range of clients including those embarking upon aggressive growth plans as well as any number facing financial or operational challenges. Warner has served as CFO or CEO for a number of client organizations in sectors that included education and healthcare.

Warner has expertise in financial analysis and systems, building the knowledge base for thoughtful decision-making, and creating organizational plans and strategies.  He has experience in implementing performance metrics and measurements to align organizations with the drivers of their success, in developing strategic plans that reflect external as well as internal environments, and in successfully implementing those plans.

Warner earned his M.P.A. from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and an A.B. magna cum laude from Princeton University in Economics (with a Certificate in Political Economy).  He served on the Board of Community Capital New York (2013 - 2018) and on the Advisory Board of Yonkers Partners in Education (2014 - 2019), both nonprofit organizations, and has done strategy and operations projects for both of these organizations.  Over the course of his career, Warner has also served on the Boards of 14 for-profit companies.

Policy, operations, and leadership are inextricably linked. This course aims to expose students to policy formation in a highly political environment, to operations management of systems shaped by state and local policy, and to the requirements and pressures faced by leaders wrestling with difficult problems. The course aims to build a toolbox of specific skills to assess stakeholder environments; to support analysis and decision making in a wide variety of contexts; and to appreciate the role of leadership, consensus building, and conflict management in driving policy outcomes. We will use as a backdrop a unifying Multimedia Interactive Case Study (MICS) built around the New York City family homeless shelter system. This course is an intensive engagement that incorporates perspectives from academic theorists, journalists, City, State and Federal government officials, service providers, advocacy organizations, and public interest law.

 

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This course focuses on financial management concepts and skills that are crucial for nonprofit organizations to achieve their mission. This course builds on the themes, concepts and theories covered in the Core Financial Management course and provides students the opportunity to apply that knowledge to an operational context.  Case methodology will be utilized to examine financial management practices of NGOs and nonprofit entities throughout the world. Through these cases, we will look at organizations' approach to cash flow management, revenue and earned income management, capital budgeting, cost analysis and allocation, investment management, the analysis of new programmatic investments, project finance, and strategic financial analysis. This course is relevant to students interested in working with or in both domestic and international organizations.

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Policy, operations, and leadership are inextricably linked. This course aims to expose students to policy formation in a highly political environment, to operations management of systems shaped by state and local policy, and to the requirements and pressures faced by leaders wrestling with difficult problems. The course aims to build a toolbox of specific skills to assess stakeholder environments; to support analysis and decision making in a wide variety of contexts; and to appreciate the role of leadership, consensus building, and conflict management in driving policy outcomes. We will use as a backdrop a unifying Multimedia Interactive Case Study (MICS) built around the New York City family homeless shelter system. This course is an intensive engagement that incorporates perspectives from academic theorists, journalists, City, State and Federal government officials, service providers, advocacy organizations, and public interest law.

 

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Increasingly, as the field of impact investing develops worldwide, leaders in the social field are adopting selected tools from their counterparts in the private sector. One of the most widely used and useful tools is the spreadsheet-based, projection model of an individual enterprise. This course focuses on modeling tools used by nonprofit organizations, social entrepreneurs and other practitioners to develop business strategies and funding approaches, including market-based funding, to scale their work.

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This course focuses on financial management concepts and skills that are crucial for nonprofit organizations to achieve their mission. This course builds on the themes, concepts and theories covered in the Core Financial Management course and provides students the opportunity to apply that knowledge to an operational context.  Case methodology will be utilized to examine financial management practices of NGOs and nonprofit entities throughout the world. Through these cases, we will look at organizations' approach to cash flow management, revenue and earned income management, capital budgeting, cost analysis and allocation, investment management, the analysis of new programmatic investments, project finance, and strategic financial analysis. This course is relevant to students interested in working with or in both domestic and international organizations.

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The goal of this course to is help Executive MPA Public Service Leader students learn financial tools to apply to decision-making within mission-driven and governmental organizations. Designed for the experienced mid-career general manager of a nonprofit, governmental, or healthcare organization, the course is intended to meet these leaders where they are by guiding them in developing a range of financial analysis skills through a combination of class discussions and analyses of case studies of specific organizations.  The goal is to place financial analysis and decision-making in the context of the complete range of tools used by social sector: this work will demonstrate especially the complex relationships between finance, impact, strategy, and governance.  Where appropriate, we will also integrate best practice tools from other disciplines including performance measurement and the alignment of financial and social returns.  

 

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Policy, operations, and leadership are inextricably linked. This course aims to expose students to policy formation in a highly political environment, to operations management of systems shaped by state and local policy, and to the requirements and pressures faced by leaders wrestling with difficult problems. The course aims to build a toolbox of specific skills to assess stakeholder environments; to support analysis and decision making in a wide variety of contexts; and to appreciate the role of leadership, consensus building, and conflict management in driving policy outcomes. We will use as a backdrop a unifying Multimedia Interactive Case Study (MICS) built around the New York City family homeless shelter system. This course is an intensive engagement that incorporates perspectives from academic theorists, journalists, City, State and Federal government officials, service providers, advocacy organizations, and public interest law.

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Policy, operations, and leadership are inextricably linked. This course aims to expose students to policy formation in a highly political environment, to operations management of systems shaped by state and local policy, and to the requirements and pressures faced by leaders wrestling with difficult problems. The course aims to build a toolbox of specific skills to assess stakeholder environments; to support analysis and decision making in a wide variety of contexts; and to appreciate the role of leadership, consensus building, and conflict management in driving policy outcomes. We will use as a backdrop a unifying Multimedia Interactive Case Study (MICS) built around the New York City family homeless shelter system. This course is an intensive engagement that incorporates perspectives from academic theorists, journalists, City, State and Federal government officials, service providers, advocacy organizations, and public interest law.

 

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Policy, operations, and leadership are inextricably linked. This course aims to expose students to policy formation in a highly political environment, to operations management of systems shaped by state and local policy, and to the requirements and pressures faced by leaders wrestling with difficult problems. The course aims to build a toolbox of specific skills to assess stakeholder environments; to support analysis and decision making in a wide variety of contexts; and to appreciate the role of leadership, consensus building, and conflict management in driving policy outcomes. We will use as a backdrop a unifying Multimedia Interactive Case Study (MICS) built around the New York City family homeless shelter system. This course is an intensive engagement that incorporates perspectives from academic theorists, journalists, City, State and Federal government officials, service providers, advocacy organizations, and public interest law.

 

Download Syllabus

Increasingly, as the field of impact investing develops worldwide, leaders in the social field are adopting selected tools from their counterparts in the private sector. One of the most widely used and useful tools is the spreadsheet-based, projection model of an individual enterprise. This course focuses on modeling tools used by nonprofit organizations, social entrepreneurs and other practitioners to develop business strategies and funding approaches, including market-based funding, to scale their work.

Download Syllabus

Policy, operations, and leadership are inextricably linked. This course aims to expose students to policy formation in a highly political environment, to operations management of systems shaped by state and local policy, and to the requirements and pressures faced by leaders wrestling with difficult problems. The course aims to build a toolbox of specific skills to assess stakeholder environments; to support analysis and decision making in a wide variety of contexts; and to appreciate the role of leadership, consensus building, and conflict management in driving policy outcomes. We will use as a backdrop a unifying Multimedia Interactive Case Study (MICS) built around the New York City family homeless shelter system. This course is an intensive engagement that incorporates perspectives from academic theorists, journalists, City, State and Federal government officials, service providers, advocacy organizations, and public interest law.

 

Download Syllabus

The goal of this course to is help Executive MPA Public Service Leader students learn financial tools to apply to decision-making within mission-driven and governmental organizations. Designed for the experienced mid-career general manager of a nonprofit, governmental, or healthcare organization, the course is intended to meet these leaders where they are by guiding them in developing a range of financial analysis skills through a combination of class discussions and analyses of case studies of specific organizations.  The goal is to place financial analysis and decision-making in the context of the complete range of tools used by social sector: this work will demonstrate especially the complex relationships between finance, impact, strategy, and governance.  Where appropriate, we will also integrate best practice tools from other disciplines including performance measurement and the alignment of financial and social returns.  

 

Download Syllabus

Policy, operations, and leadership are inextricably linked. This course aims to expose students to policy formation in a highly political environment, to operations management of systems shaped by state and local policy, and to the requirements and pressures faced by leaders wrestling with difficult problems. The course aims to build a toolbox of specific skills to assess stakeholder environments; to support analysis and decision making in a wide variety of contexts; and to appreciate the role of leadership, consensus building, and conflict management in driving policy outcomes. We will use as a backdrop a unifying Multimedia Interactive Case Study (MICS) built around the New York City family homeless shelter system. This course is an intensive engagement that incorporates perspectives from academic theorists, journalists, City, State and Federal government officials, service providers, advocacy organizations, and public interest law.

 

Download Syllabus

Policy, operations, and leadership are inextricably linked. This course aims to expose students to policy formation in a highly political environment, to operations management of systems shaped by state and local policy, and to the requirements and pressures faced by leaders wrestling with difficult problems. The course aims to build a toolbox of specific skills to assess stakeholder environments; to support analysis and decision making in a wide variety of contexts; and to appreciate the role of leadership, consensus building, and conflict management in driving policy outcomes. We will use as a backdrop a unifying Multimedia Interactive Case Study (MICS) built around the New York City family homeless shelter system. This course is an intensive engagement that incorporates perspectives from academic theorists, journalists, City, State and Federal government officials, service providers, advocacy organizations, and public interest law.

 

Download Syllabus

Policy, operations, and leadership are inextricably linked. This course aims to expose students to policy formation in a highly political environment, to operations management of systems shaped by state and local policy, and to the requirements and pressures faced by leaders wrestling with difficult problems. The course aims to build a toolbox of specific skills to assess stakeholder environments; to support analysis and decision making in a wide variety of contexts; and to appreciate the role of leadership, consensus building, and conflict management in driving policy outcomes. We will use as a backdrop a unifying Multimedia Interactive Case Study (MICS) built around the New York City family homeless shelter system. This course is an intensive engagement that incorporates perspectives from academic theorists, journalists, City, State and Federal government officials, service providers, advocacy organizations, and public interest law.

 

Download Syllabus

The goal of this course to is help Executive MPA Public Service Leader students learn financial tools to apply to decision-making within mission-driven and governmental organizations. Designed for the experienced mid-career general manager of a nonprofit, governmental, or healthcare organization, the course is intended to meet these leaders where they are by guiding them in developing a range of financial analysis skills through a combination of class discussions and analyses of case studies of specific organizations.  The goal is to place financial analysis and decision-making in the context of the complete range of tools used by social sector: this work will demonstrate especially the complex relationships between finance, impact, strategy, and governance.  Where appropriate, we will also integrate best practice tools from other disciplines including performance measurement and the alignment of financial and social returns.  

 

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