WSA Executive Board
WSA Executive Board
President - Annie Gurvis
Annie is a full-time MPA-PNP student specializing in Management. A dual citizen, Annie grew up in Cleveland, OH, and Vancouver, BC. She completed an undergraduate degree in political science and geography, with a concentration in urban studies, at Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN. Annie is passionate about improving cities for people, and increasing civic participation.
Prior to attending Wagner, Annie worked as a criminal justice policy researcher at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC, where she contributed to the body of knowledge on inequities in the US justice system. Currently, she supports NYU Wagner through her work as a Graduate Assistant. Annie has been engaged with WSA as the 2017-18 Senator.
Annie looks forward to working with and for the Wagner student body in the 2018-19 school year. She is committed to advocating for student-friendly spaces in the Puck building, and increased student voice in Wagner’s decision-making processes.
Ombudsperson - Claudia Babcock
Claudia is an MPA-PNP student specializing in public policy analysis and pursuing the quantitative methods and evaluation track. She was born and raised in The Netherlands, where she obtained her bachelor’s in law and master degrees in European and Dutch law from the University of Maastricht. Upon graduation, Claudia worked for the Dutch Health Care Inspectorate as a legal counsel and advised on Dutch administrative and health law. After moving to the United States, she volunteered for President Obama’s re-election campaign as Summer Organizing Fellow and worked for Human Rights Watch in human resources. Claudia is excited to serve the Wagner community as Ombudsperson and hopes to help improve the Wagner experience for all students by serving as a liaison between students and faculty/staff regarding student and academic affairs.
Vice President of Events and Operations - Cameron King
Cameron King is a Masters of Public Administration student specializing in Advocacy and Political Action. Before attending Wagner she worked in programming and development at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. There, she was also a Girl Scout Co-leader where she found joy in girls realizing new skills and opportunities available to them.
Vice President of Student Groups: Program/Specialization - Priya Ghosh
Priya Ghosh is a full-time MPA-PNP student in the Social Innovation and Impact Investing specialization. Priya obtained her undergraduate degree in Sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. During undergrad, she also studied abroad at the University of Costa Rica. Since Wesleyan, Priya has worked with international associations and foundations for seven years in a variety of different roles. At the Lions Clubs International Foundation, Priya managed regionalized fundraising programs to engage members and donors around the world. Previously, she worked at Rotary International where she helped business units access data to evaluate and increase the impact of their programs. After graduation, Priya looks forward to continuing to work with international organizations. In addition to being involved with WSA, Priya is a graduate assistant for the Wagner doctoral program and looks forward to collaborating with students as a part of the WSA.
Vice President of Student Groups: Identity and Diversity in Public Service (IDPS) - Daniela Gilbert
Daniela Gilbert has spent over eight years working to reduce gun violence and incarceration and improve police-community relations. Currently, Daniela is the Community Coordinator for the New York City Police Department’s Office of the Deputy Commissioner of Collaborative Policing. She is managing the social service support and community outreach components of NYPD's partnership-based gun violence reduction strategy in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island. Prior to moving to New York City, as Deputy Director of the California Partnership for Safe Communities, Daniela partnered with community, civic, and criminal justice leaders to reduce shootings by 30-40% in ten cities across California. Daniela has also developed trainings for police departments and law enforcement executives on how to build the public’s trust. She received a certificate of recognition from Senator Kamala Harris for this work. An Oakland, CA native, Daniela graduated from Harvard College in 2009 with a B.A. cum laude in Sociology, a Spanish Language Citation and a Harvard College Women’s Leadership Award. Daniela is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Policy and Management at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.
Vice President of Student Groups: Professional and Interest Based - Alyson Marks
Alyson is a full-time MPA-PNP International student. Born and raised in Brooklyn, she obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Communications and Italian from the University of Michigan. For the past seven years, she managed the marketing and public relations for several international tourism boards and hospitality clients, including the Kenya Tourism Board, the Macau Government Tourist Office, and the Curaçao Tourist Board. In addition to her role as Vice President of Student Groups - Professional and Interest-Based, she currently works as a Graduate Assistant for the Dean's Office at Wagner. She looks forward to working with student groups and the Wagner student body in the coming year.
Treasurer - Micheal Hamilton
Micheal Hamilton, born and raised in New York City, Harlem specifically. I received my undergraduate degree in Economics from Syracuse University. In Syracuse, I was an Assistant at the Syracuse LGBTQ Center specifically in Health & Sexual Safety. I took this position because I am very passionate about LGBTQ rights and promoting health literacy. Shortly after graduating, I worked in a law firm as a Human Resource Generalist for a year, before deciding that I wanted to continue my passion for improving healthcare in the United States. Currently, I am the Staffing Analyst at Northwell Health where I am responsible for assuring the pediatric department is operating efficiently and exploring new ways to improve patient care.
Secretary - Ritu Ganguly
Ritu is a full-time MPA-Health Policy and Management student. Born and raised in New Jersey, Ritu obtained her undergraduate degree at Rutgers University. She majored in Planning & Public Policy with Minors in Political Science and South Asian Studies. Prior to Wagner, Ritu worked as a Program Associate at Mathematica Policy Research, where she managed large-scale health evaluation projects and budgets. Ritu has experience in the intersection between research and project management.
As Secretary, Ritu looks forward to working with everyone to better understand the needs of the Wagner community.
Senator - Saman Marji
Saman Marji is a part-time MPA-PNP with a specialization in Management with an additional certification in Quantitative Evaluation Methods. He is an NYU Alumnus finishing his BA-MPA program having studied Psychology and Politics as an undergraduate at the NYU College of Arts & Science (2015). He also holds a Masters in Science of Teaching Exceptional Adolescents from Fordham University Graduate School of Education (2017). Saman is a New Yorker at heart, having moved to NYC as an adolescent and loves the diversity that makes up the city and all it has to offer to all occupants and visitors alike. While away from NYU, He served as a corps member with Teach for America and an Americorps teaching middle school math and science in West Harlem. After completing the corps, he joined the Special Education Department at the NYC Department of Education as a Special Education Student Information System Trainer. He is a passionate advocate for children, students, marginalized groups. As an undergraduate student at NYU, he worked with student government advocating for the global student body of NYU and created structures to ensure their representation in our university governance. Through his work as a Special Education Teacher and at the Special Education Office, Saman advocated for students' and parents' rights to services and an equitable education sitting on school committees and proposing improvements to training programs. Fueled by his own experience with education and health experiences Saman is currently researching the intersections between health and nutrition education and healthy food access (proximal and financial) in hopes to develop a social venture to fight the growing child obesity amongst communities of color and lower socio-economic status in NYC. In addition to his role as Wagner Senator, Saman will be joining The Socio-Economic Evaluation of Dietary Decisions Program at the NYU School of Medicine and College of Global Public Health to research issues related to obesity, health disparities, and international and domestic food policy with intentions to provide policymakers and organizations with empirically supported guidance on improving public diet and health. He is excited to serve as a Senator to NYU Student Government Assembly and NYU University Senate representing all students at NYU Wagner and looks forward to interacting and hearing from all. Please feel free to reach him at SAMAN@NYU.EDU to give feedback or to have a conversation, he is always happy to speak to fellow Wagnerds!