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: Alexander Marte, MUP 2017
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.
Alexander Marte thrives in mission-driven, people-focused, and innovative organizations that are not only committed to what they do but also how they do it. His passion has led him to affordable housing with the Federal Home Loan Bank of NY as a means to combating poverty. He embraces the opportunity to navigate the complexities associated with the housing market and bridge the interests of all parties involved from the beneficiaries of an affordable housing development to the financial institutions and government agencies providing the financing.
Alexander also served in the United States Marine Corps, where he supported logistical planning, implementation, and operations during his battalion’s humanitarian efforts in Haiti (2010). He also received a Purple Heart in 2011 for his actions serving in Operation Enduring Freedom with his Infantry battalion in Helmand, Afghanistan.
Brayan Lee Rosa Rodriguez is the Policy Manager Lead at the Youth Development Institute (YDI). Reporting to the Executive Director for the Youth Development Institute, Brayan analyzes policy, creates policy briefings and manages relationships with key policy actors in the local and federal policy arena. Brayan is a first generation college graduate who was born and raised in Sabana Abajo, a public housing project in Carolina, Puerto Rico. This experience led him to develop a passion for education and poverty alleviation policy, and how both impact low-income communities.Prior to joining the Youth Development Institute, Brayan worked as a Tutor Supervisor for the Columbia University's Tutoring and Learning Center in New York. Brayan has a master's degree in Public Non-Profit Management and Policy (2016) from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. He also has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Puerto Rico in Carolina. Brayan is an alumnus of the Social Sector Leadership Diversity Fellowship for the New York University Leadership Initiative and The SAGA Innovation fellowship.
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.