Excelsior Service Fellow
Executive Chamber in NYC
Since moving to the United States in 2007, Enny Ledesma has felt inspired to study public administration in an effort to someday advance the public services in her home country, the Dominican Republic.
" I wanted to improve those organizations whose mission is to help others. I enjoy helping those in need, and the Dominican Republic needs more individuals that possess knowledge in this field."
The Baruch College scholarship recipient has been given the opportunity to share her knowledge through the Excelsior Service Fellowship recently introduced by Governor Cuomo. The inaugural program affords 80 graduates from universities, colleges, law and professional programs with the opportunity to gain operations and policy experience in one of 41 state agencies or authorities. Appointed to the Executive Chamber, Enny is excited to apply her studies to policy efforts as an interagency coordinator between various nonprofit organizations.
Enny’s involvement with public service began as an undergraduate, when she interned for New York State Assemblyman Charles Lavine during her business studies at Farmingdale State College, which also awarded her a full scholarship. Her internship allowed her to help draft bills, conduct research on hearing topics and prepare agendas. “I saw it as a good opportunity to gain firsthand experience in the legislative process and the New York State government, and leverage my study in business to hopefully find a way to improve the system,” says Enny.
She expanded her public service experience as a MPA Nonprofit Management student at Baruch, and as Executive Assistant for the Brooklyn-based non-profit agency Bus Drivers R Us, where she conducted market research, assisted with meetings and communicated regularly with clients.
Working for the Governor’s Office through the Excelsior Service Fellowship, Enny’s career in non-profit work is well under way. “Baruch helped me get to where I am today,” she says of the college’s master’s program. “The knowledge I gained, and the experiences I was able to gather from my professors and classmates, has been invaluable.” She advises current Baruch SPA students to continue to strive for their dreams. “It is not easy, but nothing is impossible.”
Written by Celene McDermott