Recent Alumni Committee
The Wagner Recent Alumni Committee (WRAC) is made up of NYU Wagner alumni who have graduated in the last ten years.
Network with other recent Wagner graduates at the monthly happy hours or other special events.
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Board Member: Claire Marcus, MPA 2016
Board Member: Hallah Saleh, MUP 2017
Board Member: Ananita Maitra, MPA 2017
Board Member: Cristian Ariza, MPA 2018
Board Member: Anita Malhotra, MPA 2019
Board Member: Tyler Stone, MPA 2019
Claire S. Marcus
Claire is a New York based Managing Consultant in Accenture’s Health and Public Service Group. She is passionate about affecting positive social change through her work, and focuses on organizational transform for nonprofits, universities, and city government. She has experience across a variety of disciplines, including strategic planning, change management, journey mapping, and system processes.
Prior to joining Accenture, Claire worked in Boston for human service nonprofits in development and communication roles for five years. Additionally, she managed the NYU Wagner leadership development program for New York City government officials that was co-sponsored with Accenture.
She holds an M.P.A. in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy from New York University and a B.A. in International Affairs and Geography from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Cristian Ariza is an incoming Strategy & Operations Consultant with Deloitte Consulting and an alumnus of NYU Wagner’s Health Policy and Management Program. Before Wagner, Cristian spent three years on the front-lines of healthcare reform implementation in Florida and Pennsylvania working for a mid-size healthcare solutions firm serving the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). As the Philadelphia Supervisor of the CMS Enrollment Assistance Program, Cristian led strategic and operational initiatives to identify and engage uninsured communities under the Affordable Care Act.
Prior to his time in national health issues, Cristian served as an International Health Project Director for a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Peruvian archaeological sites in manners that sustainably benefit local communities. Most recently, as a Summer Associate at Deloitte, he worked on patient experience and revenue cycle strategy for a major health system in the Southeast.
A formerly active member of the NYU Wagner community, Cristian served as Chair of the Wagner Health Network and sat on the executive boards of two other student organizations that deliver academic and professional content around the themes of leadership, management, and consulting. He is an alumnus of NYU’s Social Sector Leadership Diversity Fellowship and a 2018 recipient of NYU Wagner’s Robert Berne Award for Leadership.
Cristian holds a B.S. in Public Health from the University of South Florida and is a proud dual citizen from the U.S and Colombia.
Ananita Maitra is a Project Officer at the United Nations Secretariat on Digital Cooperation. The Secretariat seeks to examine the ways in which digital technology is affecting models of international cooperation. Prior to this role, she was a consultant at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). At UNOCHA she worked within the Policy Division and was responsible for research related to and the development of Division wide strategies for the enhancement of national and local humanitarian response systems. She held a similar role at the organisation between 2013 and 2015 during which she assisted the Division with research and drafting of annual publications around the topic of improving the effectiveness of humanitarian action. In addition to her work at the UN, she has held positions at International NGOs such as Amnesty International and the Hunger Project. She is increasingly interested in the role the private sector is playing in international development and envisages her future career in a liaison role between the United Nations and private sector companies. She holds an MPA in International Development Management and Policy from NYU Wagner and her Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. She has called NYC home since 2012 and loves to explore the vast array of coffee shops in the city.
Hallah Saleh currently works as a Planner for New York City’s Department of City Planning. She strives to serve the city to establish equitable development and a resilient waterfront. As a borough planner Hallah manages projects as they go through the public review process and conducts neighborhood studies related to Queens Community Districts 9 and 10. Hallah has a passion for open space, urban design, and transformative measures to create beautiful and comfortable spaces. Hallah earned a Masters in Urban Planning from NYU Wagner in 2017 and a Bachelors in Urban Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011.