Meet the OCS Staff
Surabhi Lal, Director
Surabhi has over a decade of experience in career development. She focuses on career coaching and planning for Wagner graduate students and alumni, ranging from those who are just starting their careers to seasoned professionals, as well as those who are changing careers. She has worked in leadership and career development within universities, built systems and innovative programs in internationally focused start-up organizations, and worked in grants management. She finds joy in making the unwritten rules of a job search more explicit and guiding others on their journey to career success. Surabhi has a Master of Education from The University of Vermont and bachelor degrees from Virginia Tech in Agricultural Economics and Liberal Arts.
Rachel DuBois, Assistant Director
Rachel counsels current students and alumni on career development and job search strategies, creates career education programs, cultivates relationships with Wagner student groups, and develops job and internship leads. Prior to Wagner, Rachel was the Jumpstart Senior Site Manager within NYU's Office of Civic Engagement. In her role, she managed all facets of the Jumpstart NYU AmeriCorps program including providing training, supervision, and mentoring for a select group of undergraduate and graduate student volunteers. Rachel came to NYU in 2010 after teaching for several years at Eastern Michigan University. Rachel holds a Masters in Children's Literature from Eastern Michigan University and a Bachelors in English and Film Studies from the University of Georgia. She recently joined the advisory board for iCouldBe and is committed to issues of education, expanded pre-k, and mentoring for underserved students.
Tom Hernandez, Assistant Director
Tom helps NYU Wagner students and alumni compose purpose-driven public service careers, creates innovative career development workshops, and oversees employer engagement for the office. His passion for learning and helping students achieve success started from his early days as a teacher, working in both public and charter school settings. Prior to NYU, Tom worked as Program Manager for Live Out Loud, a nonprofit organization that provides educational programming to LGBTQ+ youth where he developed volunteer programs, managed community outreach and corporate partnerships, and assisted with fundraising campaigns and special events. Tom holds a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University and a MA in Educational Psychology from Kean University.
Pat Eaton, Program Coordinator
Pat handles many operations, event planning, budget, and data analysis responsibilities for the department as well as the Capstone Program. Pat enjoys helping students advance their careers in public service and connecting employers with excellent candidates to fulfill their missions. He is also a Task Force Member and Advocate in the NYU Office of Sustainability.