FELPS 2005-2006 Career Guides

Developing the Next Generation of Public Service Leaders

2005-2006 Career Guides

The FELPSPublic Service Fellowship Program Career Guides are a select group of NYU Wagner Alumni that will be providing guidance and support to a cohort of 5-9 FELPSPublic Service fellows. They hold a variety of positions in the public sector.

Melissa Auerbach
Supervisor of Educational Programs
The Door

Ever since receiving her Bachelors in Arts from Brown University in 1995, Melissa Auerbach has worked in the public sector in New York City. She spent her first three post-college years learning the ins and outs of city government as a member of NYC Parks & Recreation Commissioner Henry Stern's staff. She left Parks in 1998 and went on to work at several non-profit organizations including the Alliance for Downtown New York and MOUSE (Making Opportunities for Upgrading Schools and Education.) During her tenure at MOUSE as the Program Director of the New Media Internship Program, Melissa solidified her interest in youth development and confirmed the desire to continue her formal education. She entered NYU Wagner full-time in the fall of 2002, worked part-time for the NYC Department of Education, and received her Masters in Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management in 2004. She is now a Supervisor of Education Programs at The Door, running the youth development agency's Supplemental Educational Services program.

Cohort: Rachel Biles, Yanick Dorsaint, Erin Gargan, Paul Murphy, Talia Tor, Lemeekque Woods



Joshua Klainberg
Deputy Director and Political Director
New York League of Conservation Voters

Joshua Klainberg is the Deputy Director and Political Director of the New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV), a non-partisan, environmental organization dedicated to educating, evaluating, endorsing and electing candidates for local, state and federal office in New York State. Mr. Klainberg joined NYLCV as a volunteer during the 1995 fall campaign season and was hired as Political Director in January 1996. He was elevated to his current position in February 2005.

Prior to joining NYLCV, Mr. Klainberg was a Member of the inaugural class of Americorps*National Civilian Community Corps, working on public service projects in the Northeast including community farming, housing rehabilitation, after school mentoring and trail maintenance. He has two decades worth of experience working on political campaigns.

Mr. Klainberg was born and raised in Manhasset on Long Island, graduating from Manhasset High School. He holds a B.A. in Urban Environmental Studies from Brandeis University and a Masters in Urban Planning with a specialization in Environmental Policy from NYU Wagner. He is married to a NYC public school teacher and is a proud papa of twin daughters.

Cohort: Harper Alexander, Sherman Browne, Sabra Loewus, Katherine Lutkus, Deborah Morris





Rachael N. McCalla
Project Director, Analytics
Network Contracting
Empire BlueCross BlueShield

Rachael McCalla, Project Director, Analytics for Network Contracting joined Empire BlueCross BlueShield in May 2003. Upon completion of an eleven-month Administrative Residency rotation at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, she received a MPA in Health Administration from NYU Wagner. She then worked as a Management Engineer in the Quality Management Department at St. Joseph's where she was responsible for working with 10 major service lines to develop the hospital's first Balance Scorecard performance measurement system. In addition, she served as the Lead Analyst and Project Manager for an Executive Task Force charged with reducing the Medical Center's non-labor expense budget by $8.7 million dollars.

In her current role at Empire, she is responsible for leading the development and planning for the oversight and implementation of analytic functions regarding all contracting and network maintenance activities within Network Contracting.

Cohort: Patricia Abrams, Neil Blumenthal, Marlene Bowles, Smiti Kapadia, Jason Labate, Olive Oti





Graham Macmillan
Scojo Foundation

Graham Macmillan is Director of Scojo Foundation, an innovative social enterprise working to create and sustain livelihoods through the sales of reading glasses in developing countries. He is responsible for the day-to-day management of Scojo Foundation. Mr. Macmillan has had previous experience managing international development programs most recently with Helen Keller International as Director of Business Development for the ChildSight program. He also is a partner at Lane's End Stables, LLC, an equestrian enterprise in New Jersey. Mr. Macmillan received his Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and History from Colby College and his Master of Science in Management of International Public Service Organizations from NYU Wagner.

Cohort: Moses Choi, Chloe Cooney, Susan Grossman, Thackston Lundy, Joanna Opot, David Pedulla



Chris Manning
Bureau of Intergovernmental Affairs
New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Chris Manning is currently the Director of the Bureau of Intergovernmental Affairs at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In this capacity, Chris is responsible for coordinating all interactions between the Department and elected officials at the City, State and Federal level. The Bureau's goal is to facilitate the development of policies and laws that improve the regulatory, administrative and funding environments for public health and mental hygiene in New York City. Before joining the Department, Chris was a Senior Legislative Representative in the New York City Mayor's Office of City Legislative Affairs where he worked on health, housing and environmental policy. Prior to joining the Bloomberg Administration, Chris was a Research Associate at NYU Wagner's Center for Health and Public Service Research where he was part of the evaluation team for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Urban Health Initiative. Before moving to New York City in 2001, Chris was the Associate Director for Education and Public Advocacy with the American Heart Association's Pennsylvania/Delaware Affiliate, where he focused on tobacco control and emergency cardiac care policy. Chris holds a BS in Community Health from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and an MPA in Health Policy from NYU Wagner. Chris and his wife Jennifer currently live in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

Cohort: Sidney Beveridge, Russell Baruffi, Maisy Card, Allison Milld, William Zeiser



Anya Nawrocky
Grants Manager
United Hospital Fund

Anya Nawrocky is the Grants Manager at the United Hospital Fund, a health services research and philanthropic organization. She is responsible for the management, development, and implementation of the Fund's grantmaking activities. Prior to joining the Fund in August 2003, Anya worked at the American International Health Alliance, a Washington-based NGO working in advancing and improving global health, in several positions both in Kyiv, Ukraine and in Washington, DC. Anya holds a BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University and a Master of Public Administration in Public and Non-Profit Management and Policy from NYU Wagner.

Cohort: Jose Jimenez, Alyssa Orrantia, Denise Gomes, Keita de Souza, Naomi Sugie, Georgia Walle





Anita Richichi
Deputy Director for Outreach, Early Intervention Program
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Anita Richichi holds an MPA in Health Policy and Management (2001) from NYU Wagner and a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Hofstra University (1997). Anita is the Deputy Director for Outreach in the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene's Early Intervention Program. In this role she guides the planning of the Program's outreach and public education strategy and provides supervision and oversight to staff engaged in outreach activities targeting families of infants & toddlers with or at-risk for developmental delays. Anita has over four years public health experience working in various City agencies, including the Mayor's Office of Operations and the Office of Emergency Management. Prior to pursuing a career in public service, Anita was employed as an Investment Accountant for The Bank of New York. In her spare time, Anita is a volunteer with Big Apple Greeter sharing New York City's hidden treasures with international and domestic visitors and helping to improve the City's worldwide image.

Cohort: Alexa Van Brunt, Liliana Diaz Hidalgo, Sara Folit-Weinberg, Sarah Goff, Yoomi Jeong, Paige Wallace





Jamie Sharrock
Development Analyst
Jersey City Housing Authority

Jaime Sharrock graduated from Providence College in 2000 with a degree in Political Science and a concentration in Public Service. Jaime enrolled in NYU Wagner in 2001 in the Urban Planning Program. At Wagner Jaime focused specifically on housing and community development issues. While at Wagner, Jaime worked as an intern in the Development and Design Department at the Jersey City Housing Authority and was hired as a full time Analyst in 2003 upon her graduation from Wagner. At the Jersey City Housing Authority, Jaime has worked extensively on the JCHA's two HOPE VI initiatives. HOPE VI is federal program that seeks to revitalize obsolete public housing developments into stable, mixed income communities.

Cohort: Jennifer Benetato, Julia Breitman, Cristina Limas, Julie Quintero, Ju Yeon Han



Frances Yen
Advocacy & Community Education Coordinator
Asian Americans for Equality

Frances Yen is the Advocacy and Community Education Coordinator at Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE). Ms. Yen coordinates the organization's advocacy and community education efforts around housing, immigration and healthcare. She coordinates and mobilizes the Asian American community to participate in the decision making process by getting them involved in civic participation and organizing them to speak out on different issues.

Before arriving at AAFE, Ms. Yen was the Development Coordinator at Community Services Society of New York and graduated from NYU Wagner with a Masters in Public Administration. Ms. Yen received a Bachelor's in Science in Psychobiology from SUNY at Binghamton.

Cohort: Ann Glotzbach, Julia Gutierrez-Rivera, Rebecca Koppelman, Emily Meisler, Santa Soriano

Other RCLA Projects

  • 21st Century Leadership Project
  • Annie E. Casey Children and Families Fellowship
  • Avi Chai History of the Future Project
  • Avi Chai Teacher Mentors' Knowledge Project
  • Leadership Academy, Administration for Children's Services
  • Past Projects

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