EMPA Students and Alumni Connect on the Importance of Public Service

Students and alumni of NYU Wagner's Executive Master of Public Administration program gather at the historic Puck Building.

On November 3, NYU Wagner hosted a mixer for current students and alumni of the Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) program at our historic Puck Building. The event drew 50 attendees and provided space for EMPA students and alumni to connect and reconnect, reminiscing and meeting folks in related fields and industries. The event was also attended by Dean Sherry Glied, along with EMPA faculty and staff.

The EMPA program is designed to help advance the careers of passionate and experienced professionals and deliver even greater levels of social impact. The program combines prior experience with professionally-focused education to aid students in developing new skills, promoting leadership experience, and expanding existing networks. EMPA students receive individualized coaching within a cohort-based customizable curriculum in which students can graduate in one or two years.

Judy Pryor-Ramirez, the new Director of the EMPA program, who joined Wagner in July gave opening remarks at the mixer, in which she expressed excitement about the new role and openness to learn from students and alumni. Judy is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Public Service whose teaching and practitioner expertise focuses on leadership in nonprofit, social justice movement, and public sector spaces. She is also an applied qualitative researcher with a passion for justice-centered research methods such as community-based participatory action research.Judy previously worked as a research and organizational development consultant for New York City-based nonprofits before serving as Assistant Dean and Faculty Member in Leadership at the Bard College MBA program.

The Wagner EMPA community is thrilled to welcome Judy Pryor-Ramirez as its new Director and looks forward to continuing opportunities to stay connected!