Hayes Prize recognizes three recent NYU Wagner graduates for their High-Impact Initiatives

The Frederick O’Reilly Hayes Prize, established in 2005, is awarded annually to individuals relatively early in their careers in New York City government who have led outstanding, high-impact project work.  At the 2019 awards ceremony, three NYU Wagner graduates were recognized, we are pleased to report:

Alumni Shevani Patel (MPA 2015), Senior Policy Advisor in the NYC Mayor’s Office of Operations, was recognized for helping to oversee development and implementation of the "Raise the Age" and "Jails to Jobs" cross-agency initiatives.

Jennifer Geiling (MPA 2016), Deputy Director of Policy and Partnerships, NYC Mayor’s Office of Contract Services, established the Nonprofit Resiliency Committee to strengthen health and human services nonprofits.

Both were runner-ups for the 2019 Hayes Prize.

In addition, Kelly Davis (MPA 2008), was named as a prize finalist for her work as the NYC Birth Equity Initiative Director at New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and her efforts to reduce disparities in maternal mortality and morbidity.

These recent graduates working in New York City government are doing NYU Wagner extremely proud. Congratulations!