The Georgina and Charlotte Bloomberg Public Service Fellows Program

The Georgina and Charlotte Bloomberg Public Service Fellows Program prepares high-potential students with the skills, knowledge, and networks to be impactful public service leaders. The Bloomberg Public Service Fellows will receive full-tuition scholarships for full-time study to complete their NYU Wagner Master of Public Administration or Master of Urban Planning degrees and funded summer internships between their first and second years to gain experience in the practice of public service in the public or nonprofit sector. Internships will be supported by professional development programming, reflective assessments from students, and site visits by NYU Wagner. Career guidance will be available for all Bloomberg Fellows, and they will be connected to Bloomberg Philanthropies’ network of government and nonprofit leaders for work opportunities and one-on-one mentoring.

A key element of the program is the development of a cohesive network of leaders. The Bloomberg Fellows will meet throughout the year, outside the classroom, to get first-hand exposure to the forces shaping U.S. urban communities in the 21st century.

This Program attracts the best and brightest students to the field of public service and alumni of the Program will be leaders in shaping the ability of the nonprofit and government sectors to address the most pressing challenges confronting our nation.


Students with the skills, commitment, and determination to thrive within this rigorous leadership program – and in demanding careers in public service -- are the focus of recruitment. The Program welcomes all talented applicants, regardless of income status. Bloomberg Public Service Fellows will be chosen on the basis of their 

  • Demonstrated commitment to public service
  • Overall academic potential, including quantitative aptitude
  • Leadership experience, potential, and aspirations
  • Thoughtful and articulate communications, both written and verbal
  • Ability to analyze various perspectives surrounding a public service issue(s) 
  • Keen sense of curiosity and ability to problem solve in a collaborative environment
  • Desire to work in U.S. local, state, or federal government and/or U.S. nonprofit sector upon graduation

The following NYU students meeting the above criteria are also eligible:

  • NYU undergraduates enrolled in Gallatin, Global Liberal Studies, the College of Arts and Science, and the Tandon School of Engineering (with the potential to add students from other New York-based NYU undergraduate schools in the future), who are pursuing an Accelerated Dual Track Program (BA/BS + MPA/MUP) with NYU Wagner.
  • NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service two-year, full-time Master of Public Administration and Master of Urban Planning program applicants.


Students enrolled in dual degree programs with other NYU schools are not eligible for NYU Wagner Named Fellowship programs or merit scholarships.


  • Submit your Fellowship Application Essay along with your online application to NYU Wagner. Fellowship applicants must also submit a one-minute video essay. 
  • Those selected as fellowship semi-finalists will be invited to participate in interviews.
  • Those selected as fellowship finalists will be invited for an in-person interview with the Selection Committee. Those finalists who cannot travel to New York will be able to interview remotely. The panel of judges will be comprised of representatives from the Bloomberg Foundation and NYU Wagner.

Current Fellows


Mira Atherton (MUP 2023) - 2021 Bloomberg Fellow

After graduating Mount Holyoke College in 2016 with a degree in environmental studies, Mira worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA in resource development. Following that year, she was awarded a New York City Urban Fellowship and was placed in the Parks Planning Department researching gender disparities in park attendees and gathering public feedback for city projects. Mira has also been a Policy Analyst in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Operations working on a variety of projects including transportation safety, long-term asset planning, the creation of the City’s first 10-year food plan, and most recently, COVID-19 crisis response.


Aisha Balogun (MUP 2023) - 2021 Bloomberg Fellow

Aisha is an advocate for equitable approaches to creating, maintaining, and accessing built environments. She has served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member where she supported community efforts to increase housing access for returning citizens from incarceration and facilitated the use of data in program coordination. Prior to her service year, Aisha collaborated with local stakeholders to create a neighborhood vision plan that centered historical reconciliation and economic opportunity within Richmond, Virginia. Aisha holds a B.A. in sociology and a B.S. in engineering (architectural design) from Stanford University.

Symantha Clough

Symantha Clough (MPA 2023) - 2021 Bloomberg Fellow

Symantha is interested in creating a more equitable public education system for all students regardless of race, class, or zip code. After receiving her B.A. in history and political science, she became a grassroots political organizer hoping to make broader changes in her community. Most recently, she raised $4.5 million as the Deputy Finance Director for a Congressional race in Minneapolis. During the race, she wrote the campaign’s K-12 and higher education policies, prompting her to return to her roots of working toward ending education inequality.

Jerrell Gray

Jerrell Gray (MUP 2023) - 2021 Bloomberg Fellow

Jerrell is a recent graduate from the University of Rochester with a B.A. in political science and urban studies. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and is a first generation student with family ties to Grenada and Guyana. Prior work experiences include working with Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation on advancing the Better Bikeshare Partnership with Citi Bike and with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on the intra-agency Second Chance Initiative that connected formerly incarcerated individuals with employment with PANYNJ vendors. He has worked as a political relations director for Strategy For Black Lives, a youth-led community organizing and policy group. 

Jonathan Reed

Jonathan Reed (MUP 2023) - 2021 Bloomberg Fellow

Jonathan Reed (J.R.) spent five years in broadcast news including work as a field producer for CNBC’s San Francisco bureau, where he covered the tech industry, startup culture, and California’s economy. Prior to joining CNBC in 2016, J.R. led New Haven coverage at the Yale Daily News. He focused his own reporting on local business and economic development, tackling topics ranging from New Haven’s biotech sector to the rollout of Connecticut’s health insurance exchanges. At Yale, J.R. double majored in economics and political science, with a concentration in urban policy. His coursework culminated in a thesis on inequitable transportation planning in his hometown of Chicago.

Jacqueline Sharry

Jacqueline Sharry (MUP 2023) - 2021 Bloomberg Fellow

Jacqueline attended Union College in Schenectady, NY as a Posse Foundation Scholar. She was a Phi Beta Kappa member and studied biology and history. Since graduating, she participated in the New York City Urban Fellows program where she worked at the New York City Economic Development Corporation on neighborhood and climate resiliency planning projects. She is now an analyst at The Cadmus Group where she supports various projects that promote safe drinking water and healthy watersheds across the country.

Patrick Spauster

Patrick Spauster (MUP 2023) - 2021 Bloomberg Fellow

Patrick work experience includes research analysis in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Center at the Urban Institute, which involved projects relating to homelessness and housing discrimination. He has a strong background in qualitative research and quantitative methods, including analysis of survey, administrative, spatial, and program data in R, Stata, and Python. Additional work has focused on access to homeownership, foreclosure, climate resiliency, cash transfers, and human rights. Patrick holds a B.A. in public policy and a minor in economics from Davidson College.

Viviana Vizcaino

Viviana Vizcaino (MUP 2023) - 2021 Bloomberg Fellow

Viviana is a native New Yorker from Brooklyn, and a dedicated advocate for equitable economic development. In her role as an assistant development manager at The Hudson Companies, her portfolio includes affordable and mixed-income, multi-family, and mixed-use developments across the boroughs. She is also a member of the American Planning Association’s Diversity Committee’s Youth Education and Professional Development sub-committees. Viviana earned a B.A. in Economics, concentrating on applications to public policy, from Baruch College. Prior to working in real estate, she held research positions with the NYCEDC and NYC Council District 38.