Government: Where our ideals as a society get turned into systems, policies, and programs that shape the way we live our lives. But, it’s never that simple, is it? As we face new and increasingly complex social challenges we’ve never seen before, government agencies need to explore unique ways to address them. Some will look to create solutions within the systems we already have. Others will design wholly new systems. Both approaches have value—and both can work.
As we look to government to make a positive impact, we need government leaders capable of imagining, crafting, and implementing innovative solutions. That’s why our programs approach government from all perspectives: national and local, finance and management, analysis and delivery, accountability and representation. Furthermore, we provide you with the skills you’ll need to take existing structures and build upon them—or look beyond them.
NYU Wagner graduates deftly navigate our existing bureaucracies and think outside them. Whether they work as consultants, commissioners, or NGO leaders that deliver government services, they often push the boundaries of what was previously considered possible in terms of public-private partnerships. That includes social impact bonds and groundbreaking twists to age-old services. They look at new challenges and find unique approaches to solve them today, with an eye on long-term impact.
Helping Small Business Navigate the Regulatory Environment
After graduating from NYU Wagner, Harold Pettigrew returned to his native Washington, D.C. eventually becoming the lead of the Small Business Resource Center, a government agency aimed at encouraging small business growth through demystifying regulations and trainer-to-trainer advising.