Your Alumni News for January 2019

Dear Alumni,

Happy 2019, Wagnerds!  The start of the new year can be a great time to reflect on the past, as well as an opportunity to set goals and intentions for the future. 

The final quarter of 2018 featured unique and timely alumni programming from our affinity and regional groups rooted in Wagner's commitment to public service. The Los Angeles alumni group coordinated a poverty simulation and conversation at the United Way headquarters. Our Bay Area group facilitated a workshop titled Breaking Through Gridlock, to discuss the ways we can become better agents of change in a divided country. We also celebrated several graduates who were featured in City & State New York's Nonprofit Power 50 list of the most influential people in the nonprofit sector. Congratulations to all!  

As I begin setting my own 2019 goals, I'm excited and energized to continue working with the alumni network to provide opportunities for community building and professional development. Keep an eye on the Alumni Portal  for alumni-specific webinars in the coming months and plenty of events, programs, and networking opportunities.  

I look forward to continuing to connect with you all in the months to come. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly with thoughts, questions, or updates at any time. 

Here's to an impactful and purpose-driven new year! 


Tom Hernandez, Director of Alumni Relations

Tom Hernandez 
Director of Alumni Relations

What's Happening at Wagner

NYU Wagner & US Conference of Mayors Launch the Mayor's Leadership Institute on Smart Cities  


Under the guidance of faculty members and urban affairs experts Gordon Campbell and Neil Kleiman, NYU Wagner is partnering with the United States Conference of Mayors to launch the Mayor's Leadership Institute on Smart Cities and will work closely with city leaders to develop, implement, and manage technology-assisted solutions. In an effort to help mayors make sense of the vast array of new technological tools that could address potential issues such as affordable housing, public transit, and citizen engagement, the Smart Cities Institute provides practical skills and best practices in peer-to-peer settings. 

Early in December, NYU Wagner hosted the first meeting which included the mayors of Baltimore, MD; Austin, TX; Dayton, OH; Columbia, SC; Topeka, KS; and many others, where leaders shared their ideas on how to best integrate new technologies for smart city development. 

Read more about the Mayor's Leadership Institute on Smart Cities. 

Alumni in Action

Quintin Haynes (MPA 2016)

Quintin Haynes (MPA 2016), Chief of Staff at the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services has been named to Apolitical's 100 Future Leaders: The World's Most Influential Young People in Governement. 

Marissa Gutierrez-Vicario (MPA 2009)

Marissa Gutierrez-Vicario (MPA 2009), Executive Director of ARTE (Art and Resistance through Education) has been awarded the 2018 O'Brien Award for Human Rights Education for ARTE's unique programs which empower young people to develop creative solutions to local and global human rights challenges.

Rhodes Perry (MPA 2006) is helping LGBTQ businesspeople maximize their success in the workplace through hisleadership consultancy Rhodes Perry LLC and his virtual mentorship podcast "The Out Entrepreneur." 
Javier Valdes (MUP 2004), Muzzy Rosenblatt (MPA 1992), Kevin Sullivan (PhD 1995), and Jennifer Jones Austin (EMPA 1996) are among the 2018Nonprofit Power 50 singled out for distinction by City & State New York.  
Grisel Caicedo (MPA 2013)
Grisel Caicedo (MPA 2013) has been appointed Senior Director of the NYU Leadership Initiative, focusing on the Leadership fellows program and Global Leadership Summit. 
Heather McDaniel (MUP 2006)
Heather McDaniel (MUP 2006) has been appointed as president of the Tompkins County Area Development board of directors. Heather previously served as vice president and director of economic development. 

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Faculty Spotlight 

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Associate Director of the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation (and Adjunct Professor of Planning), Sarah Kaufman (MUP 2005) was named to City & State New York's "The Responsible 100" for setting a new standard of excellence in improving communities via infrastructure and transportation initiatives.  

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Assistant Professor Jacob w. Faber has won a prestigious 40 for 40 Fellowship by the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (AAPAM) in recognition if his research on spatial inequality, segregation, and economic opportunity. 

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Recent Events 

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The Wagner Recent Alumni Committee (WRAC) hosted a gathering to celebrate the holiday season and toast to the new year. 
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The Bay Area Alumni Network facilitated a professional development session, Breaking Through Gridlock, providing tips and strategies for engaging in difficult conversations and tools for becoming effective agents of change. 

Upcoming Events

  • January 24: Build an All Star LinkedIn Profile (webinar) >>>
  • February 11: NYU Urban Seminar Series: Statutory Inequality: The Logistics of Monetary Sanctions in State Law >>>
  • February 12: Lights, Camera, LinkedIn (sponsored by the Wagner Office of Career Services)  >>>
  • April 13: WagnerCares Day of Service, Wagner-wide volunteer opportunity (Save the Date)

View a complete list of NYU Wagner events

Stay Connected 

Let us know what you've been up to since graduating from Wagner! Complete the Alumni Profile Form to showcase the important work you're doing, as well as your insights and reflections on your time as a Wagner student! Your profile may be featured in the Alumni in Action page on our website.

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Past Newsletters

Your Alumni News for September 2018

Your Alumni News for December 2017