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  • Student Spotlight

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  • Alumni Spotlight

  • In this month’s student spotlight we discuss Sajida’s path to the Marxe School’s MSEd program, what she’s learning, and what the future holds.

  • New faculty member, Rahul Pathak has worked in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Atlanta, GA, and is poised to bring his unique worldview to the Marxe School.

  • In 2013 Chris Hanway graduated from the Executive MPA program and became Executive Director of the Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement. We discuss these milestones in this month’s alumni spotlight.

  • In this month’s student spotlight, MSEd student, Christian Perez discusses his experience in the Higher Education Administration program, the impact he’ll make in his ideal career role, and more.

  • We welcome Assistant Professor, George Mitchell to the Marxe School with a chat about his thoughts on nonprofits and NGOs, his upcoming book, and more.

  • In this month's alumni spotlight, Saran Kaba goes in-depth on her experience as a U.S. Peace Corps. volunteer in Senegal, her ties to Guinea, and more.

  • Hannah Borgeson discusses her favorite projects, using streamlined computerized systems to better harness data, and her higher education career thus far.

  • Presidential Professor Emeritus, E.S. Savas began with Baruch College in 1981, then transitioned to the Marxe School upon its creation in 1994.

  • Charles offers leadership lessons, a look into his community-based nonprofit, relates his experience in the Executive MPA program, and more.

  • We speak with BSPA student Elsayed Osman about his approach to working and living, including civic actions from small to large, his involvement with the Baruch College Roosevelt Institute chapter, and working with the New York State Assembly.

  • We spoke to Lecturer, Alexis Perrotta whose research focuses on urban transportation policy, planning, and welfare about NYC public transportation, her students, and the Marxe School.

  • In this month’s alumni spotlight, alumna Jenny Coronel discusses her immigration-focused research projects with Professor Els de Graauw, her role as Excelsior Fellow at the New York State Office for New Americans, and more.

  • Malik Sullivan discusses mental health, his higher education career, and his MSEd experience thus far.

  • Professor Williams discusses performance measurement, the derogatory nature of referring to public servants as “bureaucrats”, and more in this month’s faculty spotlight.

  • Tahesha talks about her role at New York State Lean, transitioning from the private sector to state government and her experience at the Marxe School.

  • We talk about the “sweet science” of boxing, its parallels to being a legislative aide, the BSPA program, and more.

  • We speak to Nicole A. Gordon about her trip to Fox News to discuss the Trump-Russia investigation, her “remarkable” students in the Executive MPA program, and more

  • We discuss his path to becoming a musically-inclined, religious leader in his community, his time at Baruch College, and his puppeteering gig.

  • Chelsea tells us about her accomplishments and aspirations in this field, as well as her experience with CUNY and the Marxe School.

  • Associate Professor and Executive Director of the New York Federal Statistical Research Data Center (NYRDC), Diane M. Gibson discusses ongoing research efforts--including a project on preventive care for individuals with diabetes--and more.

  • Martin Schmid recalls his time as a Resident Assistant, his pathway to the Coro Fellowship, and his first internship.

  • Justine tells us about her experience serving a crucial administration role in the NYPD, the intensive program on youth unemployment in Poznan, Poland she attended, and more.

  • Jeff Apfel talks with us about his teaching journey from China to New York City, new forward-thinking goals for the MSPIA’s Higher Education Administration program, and more.

  • Scott Castillo walks us through his experience with the U.S. Army, his Honorable Discharge, and how he found his calling in the field of social work.

  • In our April spotlight we are speaking with Courtney Byrne-Mitchell (MPA '18), who was part of the runner-up team of the 2017 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition on Food Security.
  • Professor and Luciano Chair of Health Care Policy Jessica Greene's expertise is in health reform-related policies and strategies intended to improve the quality of health care. She discusses and shares with us her views on one of the most pressing issues of recent months, Affordable Care Act (ACA).

  • This month’s alumni spotlight Angela Gustus shares with us her career story and talks about her recently published second book that came to life from a poem that she wrote as a 3rd grade student which eventually impacted her life.

  • Peta-Gay Campbell discusses her role in the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development and how her Executive MPA is helping her to improve after school services and other related initiatives in New York City.

  • Associate Professor David Hoffman discusses his work at the intersection of rhetoric, history and politics, classes he teaches, and his involvement in developing the New York Civic Forum.

  • Nicholas Cannell talks about work he does in Haiti leveraging the power of music to empower Haiti’s youth, the issues he’s passionate about, and the value of his MPA degree from Baruch College.

  • Vance Toure discusses with us what inspired and helped him to start The Family on Three Foundation, his search for the right education, and more.

  • Professor Bennett talks with us about the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research (CIDR) and his career in demography, what he enjoys most in teaching, and about his ongoing research projects.

  • Alumna, Debra Joy Perez discusses her work as Chief Measurement, Evaluation, and Learning Officer at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

  • For our first student spotlight of 2017, Karla talks about the BSPA program, her Hagedorn internship, and working with the State Assembly.

  • Professor Engel discusses how he believes Trump will approach the Affordable Care Act, his current research on the American obesity epidemic, and the many research topics Marxe professors involve themselves in.

  • In our January alumni spotlight we speak with Executive Director of New York Cares, Gary Bagley about this influential nonprofit, Hurricane Sandy, and MSPIA’s Executive MPA program

  • Selena Lilly discusses her role at The Roosevelt Institute, what drew her to the program, the benefits she’s gotten from her involvement, and more.

  • Michael speaks about his first experience working in West Africa in the nonprofit sector, the New York Community Trust Leadership Fellows (which he is director of), and more.

  • J.C. discusses his two areas of study, micro and macro challenges in the workplace, and his thoughts after walking away from his first encounter with MSPIA.

  • Read about Nara's rewarding experience at the SWUFE Summer Camp, and what she’s learned working toward an MSPIA MPA.

  • Read about Riahi’s research on these issues, his interest in economic development, and his thoughts on the upcoming Master of International Affairs program.

  • Amar Rajwani discusses the importance of new approaches to pre-K like centralized admissions and play-based curriculum, and his Executive MPA experience at the School.

  • Mena tells us about her exciting time at a partnership "Summer Camp" in China this past summer, and what she wants out of her Healthcare Policy MPA.

  • Professor Cordero-Guzman discusses his recent sabbatical in which he engaged in a project focused on poverty in Puerto Rico, and his thoughts on the new Master of International Affairs program.

  • Mauricio touches on his role at nonprofit organization Cities of Service, his love of Detroit, his reason for pursuing a Baruch College MPA.

  • Sofia tells us about her pursuit of this career path, the flexibility and efficacy of the Nonprofit Management track in paving a path toward that pursuit, and more.

  • Frank Heiland discusses the new Master of International Affairs curriculum; his interest in demography, labor, and health economics; and more.

  • Stephanie recalls her time at the School, her role in beautifying through graffiti removal, and her most significant career accomplishment thus far.

  • Mary tells us about her experience in the Executive MPA program and her deployment of a program that provided reimbursements to increase the use of IUD contraceptives in numerous hospitals around New York.

  • Associate Professor, Ryan A. Smith discusses the challenges of workplace diversity and his fascinating research projects (including an ongoing analysis of death row inmates' last statements), among other topics.

  • Michael recalls his most valuable takeaways from his time in the MSEd program and his rewarding career in the "ultimate industry", higher education, and more.

  • Chris talks about his experience in NASPAA's recent climate change simulation, his trip to Belgium to participate in the Intensive Programme in Public and Private Debt, and where he hopes an MPA takes him.

  • Assistant Professor, Rachel Smith discusses the student experience, CUNY, her research, and the classes she'll teach this upcoming semester.

  • Alumna, Elizabeth Keith discusses her new role at Dignity Health, the challenges of our healthcare system through the lens of religion, and what her MPA provided for her life and career.

  • Mr. Santiago gives us an inside look at the focus of his MPA, his role in helping Latinos get better health care treatment, and his "transformative" experience interning at the U.S. Dept. of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency.

  • Associate Professor Botein discusses her upcoming classes, the challenges of affordable housing, and how New York City fits into the equation.
  • Lisa tells us what drove her to get an MPA and describes her role as National Program Director at Youth Service Opportunities Project.

  • Amanda talks about her time engaged in the Intensive Programme in Ghent, Belgium; the NASPAA Student Simulation Competition; and her interest in research and policy analysis.

  • In our first practitioner spotlight, Ben Branham describes how his career ties in with co-teaching in the Executive MPA program, discusses working with Dean Birdsell, and recalls memorable efforts by their students.

  • Melissa describes her multi-faceted role at the Jewish Funders Network, the lasting impact her MPA experience has had on her personal and professional life, and more.

  • Diana tells us about her time at the School of Public Affairs, her internship at the Clinton Foundation, and where she sees the next decade taking her.

  • Jack tells us about the Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management, this year's Public Affairs Week, and the inner workings of his role in the United Services Group which coordinated various social service organizations in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

  • Renee walks us through a typical day and what it takes to support a U.S. Senator, her desire to serve as a role model to other young American Indians, why she decided to get her degree, and more.

  • She tells us about what drew her to – and what she hopes to accomplish with – the Urban Development and Sustainability MPA track.

  • Professor (and previously, Dean and Interim President) Stan Altman walks us through his varied experiences at Baruch College over the years, what students have taught him, and why he hasn't retired.

  • Chelsea Chateauvert lets us in on her experience in the BSPA program and her role at National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering.

  • Jordan tells us about his personal evolution from MBA to MSEd candidacy, his favorite classes and ideal career, and more.

  • Assistant Professor, Balboa tells us about her approach to creating assignments, the importance of transnational actors and the context through which they tell their story, and more.

  • Samantha discusses her role in this, her MPA, and her thoughts on the humble statistics class.

  • Juan Carlos tells us about his experience with the Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, what the Washington Semester program means to him, the excitement of fundraising, and his favorite classes at the School of Public Affairs.

  • Mr. Newmark discusses what it's like to work for the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York, what he'll be teaching in the upcoming semester, and more.

  • Rosalba tells us about her decision to come back to school, how nonprofits can evolve for the better, and what has changed since she received her Executive degree.

  • Joanne Hernandez tells us about her idea for ensuring regulation for the Affordable Care Act, her experiences as a volunteer for the National Organization for Women and NARAL Pro-Choice America, and her time in the MPA in Health Care Policy program.

  • Assistant Professor, Tiffany Lewis speaks about her choice to join the School's faculty, the course she is teaching this academic year, and her current research on the role of the American West in stateside women's suffrage.

  • Alumnus Ron Zacchi tells us about his role in the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, his part in the passage of the Marriage Equality Act in NYS and why he came back to the School to get his Executive MPA.

  • Caitlin Massey has worked hard as both a student and higher education assistant to create an enriching foundation on which to build a "rewarding and exciting career." She speaks about her educational and professional experiences at the School of Public Affairs and how they've helped her move toward this critical life goal.

  • Joselyn Muhleisen's research, expertise and approach to the world aligns with the Baruch College School of Public Affairs theory-meet-practice approach. She tells us about what drew her to the School, her divergent roles of student and teacher, and how her language skills have surprised bilingual students.

  • Raised in a working-class Bronx community, Madeleine knows all too well the need for social justice and equality in our complex modern society. We speak about her time in the esteemed National Urban Fellows program and her current role at The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc.

  • Even among the avidly engaged School of Public Affairs community, it's not every day you find a student as involved as Daniel Randell is. We speak about the importance of community engagement, what he's most excited to study, and what the future will bring.

  • Both fascinating and devastating, the harsh realities of our prison system are something too few consider, yet many are affected by. We welcome Visiting Professor Byron E. Price, who speaks to us about this grim yet vital topic.

  • It's always gratifying to hear from an alum who leverages education to further a career and subsequently, the community. Kenneth Scott is a perfect example; we speak about the post-Executive MPA career boost, the challenges he'll face, and how he'll approach his responsibilities to make an impact.

  • Community is a critical facet of working and studying at the School of Public Affairs; Kristina Onishchuk is engaged from both directions. We speak about her unique perspective as School staff member and student, including the vital effects of high school preparedness, and why she believes administrative office hours should be expanded.

  • As a researcher of equity and diversity, Michael Steven Williams is right at home with the School of Public Affairs’ mission statement. We speak about the School’s diverse student body and interdisciplinary faculty, Assistant Professor William’s research, and the dangers of silence.

  • An Executive MPA education at the School of Public Affairs can provide limitless opportunity; and Michelle Malanga is the embodiment of this sentiment. She discusses her current position (six years in the making!), her time with Executive Cohort 28, and the dream come true of seeing ethics, compassion, and science working in concert.

  • Student Success Coach, Campus Civility Committee member, and MSEd student Safiya Faustin is, in a word: busy. But that doesn’t come without rewards. We speak to Safiya about her time at the School of Public Affairs and translating her education into career success.

  • As a journalist with a background in global focused reporting on matters such as foreign policy and finance, Clinical Professor, Carla Robbins is an ideal fit for the international initiative-focused School of Public Affairs. We speak to her about her career in journalism, upcoming classes, and what she learns from her own students.

  • Since graduating the BSPA program last year, Farhana has had an impressive start going from Colin Powell Fellow to Community Liaison in the Office of a New York State senator. We speak about her post-graduation roles, the issues she’s passionate about, and her experience at the School of Public Affairs.

  • Between her education, career, and extra-curricular interests busy doesn’t even begin to describe the schedule Ricki Weitzen has taken on. We speak about her current classes, professional roles, and where she hopes her career takes her.

  • Doug Muzzio has had an extensive political, governmental, and media career as a specialist in American public opinion, voting behavior and city politics. He is founder, former director, and current chief pollster at Baruch College Survey Research and hosts City Talk on CUNY-TV which was nominated for an Emmy award. We speak about his deeply-rooted interested in all things New York City, his upcoming year, and his new book.

  • International traveler, Cum Laude graduate, volunteer, and holder of numerous awards and recognition, Julieth has forged a rock-solid foundation for her future education, research and career aspirations. We speak about her travels abroad, work in urban development sustainability, and more.

  • Working for a Congressman and an Assemblyman, and being accepted into the prestigious NYC Urban Fellowship are no simple accomplishments for a high-GPA graduate student. But Ms. Perez has accomplished this and more from the undergraduate level. Anabel tells readers about her upcoming role as an Urban Fellow, what draws her to government work, and the highlight of her time as a BSPA student.

  • Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs, Frederick S. Lane was a full-time Baruch faculty member from 1972-2008. During his tenure he taught courses focused on the effective management of public, nonprofit, and educational institutions; served as Chairperson of the Department of Public Administration and Program Director of the Executive Masters of Public Administration program; created anthologies which are used in colleges and universities across the country; and left an indelible impact on the people and programs of the School of Public Affairs.

  • With an MPA in Nonprofit Management, a current campaign to fund a Research and Academic Center, and future projects to support programs in the new Center, Anne’s academic and professional trajectory have successfully merged into one. Anne speaks on the challenges of transitions, the indispensable advantages of learning from classmates, and the $25 million campaign she’s made the focus of her role at Winthrop-University Hospital.

  • Tydie Abreu enjoys the distinct privilege of experience; working toward an MPA at Baruch College, interning at The Clinton Foundation, and the summer she spent in India helping to bridge the digital gap in rural areas. Not every student can claim this type of well-rounded learning and living experience. We discuss Tydie’s MPA candidacy, internship, and drive to work in international affairs.

  • After living, working, and studying all over the world, taking up residence in New York City was perfect for Associate Professor John Casey. We speak about his new book, his education, and his truly global perspective from the worldwide vantage point of New York, New York.

  • Building and retaining a high-quality workforce is arguably the most critical facet of any successful organization. Alla Gluz not only finds talent to fit varied roles, but also maintains mentor-student relationships through the School of Public Affairs’ Executives on Campus Mentee Alumni Program. Alla discusses the most challenging aspects of recruiting, her experience with mentoring, and her career aspirations.

  • No matter how far you are into your career, there’s always something more to learn. Associate Managing Director at Harlem United AIDS Center, Luis Rivera has taken this to heart by furthering his education – and career – through the Executive MPA program. We discuss the Health Home and Food and Nutrition programs he dedicates himself to, and his experience as an Executive MPA student.

  • What happens when you start on what seems to be a prescribed career path and it veers in ways you couldn’t anticipate? Many are thrown by this ebb and flow, but Marco DeSena embraces it – and now he teaches various classes at the School, including Public Affairs in New York, and Policy and Politics. We chat about his journey, his approach to teaching, and his advice to aspiring professionals.

  • From the heart of New York City to the higher education sector of Nairobi, Kenya, Christine Mwangi has taken a truly remarkable life and career path that would be foreign to most others. We speak to her about similarities between the two cities, her philanthropic consulting firm, and how her time at Baruch and the School of Public Affairs changed her life.

  • How does one juggle community work, volunteer work, MPA Club Presidential status, a family, a master’s degree in the making, and numerous other projects? Nikita Hardy (MPA ’15) offers insight into her busy, busy life.

  • Social security is and will continue to be a hot-button issue as our population lives longer. Assistant Professor, Na Yin focuses just a portion of her classes and research on this complex, far-reaching, and fascinating topic. Here, she shares the details of her upcoming research projects, and her thoughts on the economics of an aging population as well as the challenges faced by the world’s workforce.

  • As an employee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Saira Qureshi (MPA ’12) is intimately aware of just how critical the federal government’s role in emergency preparedness is. We speak about her journey from Baruch College to the CDC’s Division of Global HIV/AIDS, her current projects, and what it’s like to work at a government agency tasked with the monumental challenge of subduing the deadliest Ebola outbreak in many years.

  • As a graduate assistant, Hagedorn scholarship recipient, and handpicked representative at certain outside events, Alejandra is one of the most involved students at Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs. We speak about her scholarship, her assistantship, and what she learned at the Private Women’s Hemispheric Network event.

  • As Associate Professor of Public Affairs, Academic Director of the Baruch Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management, and member of the sociology faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center, one might think Nicole P. Marwell doesn’t have much time for extracurricular activities. But with a wealth of published pieces in leading journals, a book – Bargaining for Brooklyn: Community Organizations in the Entrepreneurial City– and numerous research projects, Associate Professor, Marwell doesn’t show signs of letting up anytime soon. We discuss her classes, students, articles, and current research.

  • John Moreno-Escobar is a successful social entrepreneur, community leader and executive innovator – he’s also a proud School of Public Affairs alum. His deepest passion is education equality and access to higher education for all. As a native Colombian, he founded the Colombian Education Fund (ColEF) and initiative to help Colombian students around the world access financial resources to pay for their studies. He also founded a not-for-profit called LYHEP (Latino Youth for Higher Education Program) to help newcomer Latino students and families in New York City understand the education system.

  • Internships and graduate assistantships can provide an enriching experience for those who wish to broaden exposure in their desired field, forge strong professional connections, and gain a deeper understanding of their own career goals. We speak to current graduate student, Conrad Cantor about his experience and how he leveraged his internship into a position with the American Red Cross.

  • As a scholar of rhetoric and political communication, Don Waisanen seeks to understand how communication works to promote or hinder citizens’ voices in public affairs. In his research, he examines a range of topics and questions exploring how specific media messages widen or narrow space for public debate, whether comedians such as Jon Stewart encourage political cynicism or engagement, and what role citizens’ talk about religion plays in policy development.

  • Dr. Maureen McAndrew’s list of accomplishments is extensive, diverse, and open-ended, with no apparent end in sight. Her latest achievement is a prestigious award from the American Dental Association (ADA) for her efforts inspiring careers in dental education. We speak to the School of Public Affairs MSEd alum, and professor and senior administrator at the NYU College of Dentistry about what it takes to be an award-winning mentor, her time at Baruch College, and the unique programs she’s involved in.

  • Each November, APPAM (Association for Public Policy & Analysis Management) gathers public affairs constituents from all over the country to engage in discourse, networking, panels, activities and lectures designed to inform and involve. We spoke to School of Public Affairs students Vipul Rana (MPA '15), Katie Hanna (MPA '16), and Catherine Mayers (MS/MPA in Nursing Admin. '17) about their experiences at APPAM 2014.

  • Internships are an integral part of any student’s higher education experience. They transition aspiring professionals between the classroom and the workplace, instilling enriching experiences along the way. But not every one is the same. We speak to Distinguished Lecturer, Michael Feller about what creates the best possible internship experience.

  • As a Colombian immigrant and self-described “dreamer”, Angelica’s aspirations have always been at odds with her reality. Recently, CUNY lawyers helped her receive a work permit after years of frustration and doubt, and now, with deferred action she works at CUNY as a summer internship coordinator. But she doesn’t plan on stopping there; she aims to find a full-time position in food policy research.

  • Some are overwhelmed by difficult life events – others rise up to meet them. We speak to Courtney Scott (MPA ‘15) about her father’s lifesaving heart transplant, and her aspirations to improve organ donor registration in New York State.

  • Though the Baruch College School of Public Affairs faculty conducts research on numerous topics, almost all research projects aim to inform and improve policy and practice to make the world a better place. We speak to Professor Dahlia Remler about her teaching, ongoing research projects, and the teamwork that has helped accomplish them.

  • Diversity isn’t just a word; School of Public Affairs alumna and National Grid Director of Supplier Diversity, Carla Hunter Ramsey (Executive MPA '08) discusses her education, finding minority suppliers, and the crucial reasons for her specialized role.

  • Alicino received a Colin Powell Fellowship and completed internships at both the U.S. Embassy in Argentina and the White House. Through the Study Abroad and Work Abroad programs, she also attended classes in Spain and Guatemala, and taught English in Chile. Alicino, who graduated in the Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs program this past spring, discussed how these experiences shaped her professional journey and future career plans.

  • One of the School of Public Affairs' strengths is its ability to shape and modify its curricula to keep pace with the evolving arena of public affairs. Starting this fall, the Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs program will introduce the first in several planned electives in food policy taught by new faculty member, Associate Professor, Anna D'Souza. D'Souza, who holds a PhD in Economics from UCLA, plans to leverage her background to help undergrad and graduate students analyze government food policy and systems, addressing timely issues such as sustainability, service delivery, and globalization.

  • Founder and campaign director of Alif Ailaan, Zaidi is among the 214 new members of the Young Global Leaders (YGL) community selected by the World Economic Forum. A strong supporter of Pakistani educational reform, Zaidi is a widely-quoted columnist for The News in Pakistan and a TV and radio contributor for CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera, PTV and Geo News., in the U.S. and the Middle East.