Your Alumni News for September 2018

Dear Alumni,

Happy first week of fall! I’m excited to introduce myself as the new Director of Alumni Relations at NYU Wagner. For the past four years, I’ve been a proud member of the Wagner community as Assistant Director with the Office of Career Services. I’m thrilled to now be focused on alumni engagement, working with the vast network of purpose-driven and inspiring Wagnerds! Prior to Wagner, I worked for a nonprofit organization focused on empowering LGBTQ youth by connecting them with successful LGBTQ professionals in their community. I also served as a fifth grade teacher in both public school and charter school settings.

I look forward to connecting 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.

Tom Hernandez, Director of Alumni Relations

Tom Hernandez
Director of Alumni Relations

What's Happening at Wagner

NYU Wagner Launches Online Master of Health Administration (MHA) Degree Program for Healthcare Professionals

Wagner is proud to announce the launch (January 2019) of its new Online Master of Health Administration Program. Dean Glied describes the 28-month, part-time program as Wagner’s “next frontier in preparing future public service leaders to give their careers traction and make a difference for the social good.” Building upon Wagner’s strong reputation in healthcare management education, the online MHA will provide a new opportunity for healthcare practitioners to advance their skills and careers. The program which will be led by Professor Tom D'Aunno, will feature courses developed and taught by Wagner faculty; weekly, live online class sessions; an on-campus immersion; and a culminating simulation experience.

Are you interested in connecting with fellow Wagner alumni in the healthcare field? Check out the Alumni in Healthcare web page and sign up for the listserv for updates on social, professional, and educational events throughout the year.




Andrew Maguire

Andrew Maguire (MPA 2018) has been selected as a Luce Scholar with Fulbright University Vietnam. Andrew has been appointed as Director of Strategy and Innovation, focusing on business development, and program design for campus programmatic needs, such as building a career center and innovation lab.






Sandra Toussaint

Sandra Toussaint (MPA 2002), current president & CEO of United Way of Greater Mercer County, has joined the Board of Trustees of the Center For Non-Profits, NJ's umbrella organization committed to strengthening nonprofits and positively impacting the community at large.







David Schachter (MPA 1994)

David Schachter (MPA 1994), Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs starred in one of the first movies to tackle the AIDS crisis. The Guardian talks to him about what is was like to make "Buddies" at the height of the pandemic.
In honor of World AIDS Day, Wagner is hosting a screening of Buddies.



Almudena Ocejo Rojo

Almudena Ocejo Rojo (MPA 1999) has been featured in Forbes Mexico for her appointment as Secretary of Social Development for Mexico City Government.




Sabina Braverman

Sabina Braverman (MPA 2018), Co-Founder of HealthHuddle (NYU Entrepreneur Summer Launchpad team) talks about the inspiration, challenges, and successes for the project so far and her goal of creating a company to make a difference in the lives of patients and the providers that care for them.







Tara Cardone

Tara Cardone (MPA 2010) has joined the executive leadership team (Chief Operating Officer) at Common Impact, a nonprofit recognized as a national leader in skills-based volunteerism.









Professor Martha Stark

Professor Martha Stark provides insight on the inequities and confusing nature of NYC's property tax system, including her view on whether the city should tax Gramercy Park or make it public.

Read more via Gothamist.








Professor Paul Light

Professor Paul Light shows in a new study for Brookings Institute that voters transcend classification as simply Democrats or Republicans. Instead, he places them into four (more nuanced) categories: dismantlers, expanders, streamliners, and rebuilders.

Read more via The Washington Post.








The Wagner Recent Alumni Committee (WRAC)
The Wagner Recent Alumni Committee (WRAC) hosted a celebratory happy hour to welcome the class of 2018 to the Wagner alumni network.
The Bay Area Alumni Network gather in Mission Dolores Park in San Francisco for their annual Wagner Summer Picnic.
The Bay Area Alumni Network gather in Mission Dolores Park in San Francisco for their annual Wagner Summer Picnic.


  • October 10: Film Screening: American Promise >>>
  • October 15: NYU Urban Seminar Series: Geography of Inequality: How Land Use Regulation Produces Segregation >>>
  • October 29: NYU Urban Seminar Series: Changing Places: Using Science to Design Safer and Healthier Cities >>>

View a complete list of NYU Wagner events.


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