Congrats to the WPA 2012-2013 Executive Board!

The Wagner Policy Alliance is pleased to announce our 2012-2013 Executive Board:

Elizabeth Buck
Jeremy Cherson
Jessica Reid
Ariel Sankar-Bergmann
We are thrilled to have this talented and enthusiastic group take WPA to new heights next year. Congratulations and best wishes!
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Board Applications are Open

The Wagner Policy Alliance has opened their ’12-’13 executive board application process. 

APPLY today to the board of the group that:
  • Hosted George Stephanopoulos, Bob Shrum, and Steve Schmidt in this year’s Presidential Campaign Watch 
  • Won the 2012 President’s Service Award for outstanding contributions to NYU. 
  • Had other great events, including Welfare Reform at Fifteen, A Lobbying for the Public Good Workshop, The Roadmap towards Ending Trafficking, Liability Roundtables, and many others. 
  • Networks its members to great policy makers.
Who is qualified:
Any current student at Wagner with an interest in policy and policy making. 

Our Mission:
The Wagner Policy Alliance (WPA) seeks to foster critical thinking, dialogue and debate aroundpolicy issues. The WPA fosters a broad and vibrant policy community by facilitating meaningful discussions and events with various individuals and groups within Wagner, the greater New York University community, and beyond.

Our current board consists of five students with diverse interests and backgrounds. Please contact us if you’d like to get involved, collaborate on an event or project, have ideas or just want to chat about the positions available.
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State of the Digital City: Government 2.0 and its Impact on Policymaking

State of the Digital City: Government 2.0 and its Impact on PolicymakingPresented by the Wagner Policy AllianceIn 2011, Mayor Bloomberg’s office rolled out its Road Map for the Digital City, a vanguard municipal plan for increasing avenues for digital engagement, government transparency, and data accessibility for New York City residents and businesses. One year later, the City boasts hundreds of recently released data sets, dozens of apps developed through city-supported hackathons and competitions, more than 200 social media engagement channels, and GovFresh’s 2011 City of the Year award for its leadership in technology-supported democracy. Clearly, much is happening on the web—but what is the impact on the ground? How have the City’s digital initiatives affected public service? Who is engaging? And what changes will government 3.0 bring?

Join the Wagner Policy Alliance for a panel discussion and reception with esteemed experts and practitioners. Please register here today and mark your calendar.

NYC Council Member Gale Brewer, Founding Chair of the Committee on Technology in Government
Noel Hidalgo, Director of Engagement Technologies, World Economic Forum
Anthony Townsend, Research Director, Institute for the Future, and NYU Adjunct Assistant Professor

Shankar Prasad, NYU Adjunct Associate Professor and Founder
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, NY 10012
Event begins promptly at 7:15 p.m.
Reception to follow from 8:15 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Sponsored by NYU Wagner’s Urban Planning Student Association and NYU Law School’s Law and Government Society.
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Spring 2012 Upcoming Events

We are back for Spring 2012 and hope you are excited and prepared for classes! As you can see below, our biggest agenda item in the coming weeks is our Campaign Watch 2012 event on Thursday, February 9th. With the back and forth in the Republican Primaries and the drama just getting started, you won’t want to miss this lively discussion moderated by George Stephanopoulos with political strategists Robert Shrum (Kerry Campaign) and Steve Schmidt (McCain Campaign).

Our other events this semester include a human trafficking event discussing policy, law enforcement and social services, our annual State of the City event, this year’s will focus on the state of our digital city, as well as a happy hour in April. Visit our events page for more details and to RSVP for any of the events. We hope to see you over the course of the semester. Please visit our About page if you’d like to contact us to get more involved. Now, go get ’em!

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Campaign Watch 2012

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Campaign Watch 2012

Thursday, February 9, 2012, 12:30pm
NYU Skirball Center

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with Steve Schmidt, Robert Shrum and George Stephanopoulos
introduced by Diane Yu, NYU Chief of Staff and Deputy to the President

Join us for a lively discussion moderated by George Stephanopoulos of ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “This Week” and featuring Steve Schmidt, former senior advisor to the John McCain campaign in 2008, and Robert Shrum, NYU Wagner Senior fellow and former senior-advisor to the Kerry-Edwards Campaign in 2004.  The speakers will evaluate the upcoming presidential election in light of the first several caucuses and primary elections, and will discuss the current state of the Republican field, public opinion on the Obama administration and his campaigning efforts, and potential general election scenarios.

House opens 12pm.  Event begins promptly at 12:30

This event is free but requires a ticket.  Register for one online.

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Do you want to lobby for the public good?

Lobbying for the Public Good: A Workshop on Making Change Happen

Come learn time-tested techniques for persuading decision-makers at the local, state, or federal levels. Whatever social justice issue you are passionate about, this training will offer concrete skills for you to put to use to make change. Our trainers are current Wagner graduate students with extensive lobbying and campaign organizing experience. Rachel Ackoff has trained hundreds of young people on lobbying skills over the past decade since she first lobbied herself as a high school student. Most recently, she has worked for the Sierra Club as a lobbyist in Washington, DC. Elizabeth Buck has experience lobbying congressional staffers on federal housing policy. Most recently, she was a leader in volunteer recruitment for Congressman Sestak’s US Senate campaign in Pennsylvania, successfully recruiting and directing several hundred volunteers.
Lobbying for the Public Good: A Workshop on Making Change Happen
Thursday, November 17, 2011 4:30-6:30 pm
Vanderbilt Hall, Room 216
40 Washington Square South
Co-sponsored by Wagner Policy Alliance and NYU Law School’s Law and Government Society
RSVP by completing the form here.
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Career Panelists Confirmed!

If your mid-terms made you eager thinking about your future at Wagner and beyond, the next few weeks with WPA will help you do just that. Next week WPA second-years will join the Wagner PNP Group Advisement Session (for first-years) to help provide their perspective on courses, professors, career trajectory and more. With the Office of Career Services, we have confirmed the panelists for the career panels that WPA is sponsoring. We hope you will join us at the Government Careers and Policy and Research Careers for thoughtful conversation on how to get into these sectors, the best place to job search for these jobs, and what they actually do. These panels will be moderated by a member of the WPA Board and more details are below. Next week, the WPA Board is also partaking in a volunteer activity where we will help the Food Bank for NYC conduct surveys with their emergency food programs across the Boroughs. We’re looking forward to learning and giving back and will share the details with you in a blog after! We’re also in the midst of planning our State of the City and Presidential events for the Spring with some exciting participants, so stay tuned!

  • Thursday, November 10- 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Government Careers Panel– We will hear from a Capital Budget and Policy Specialist from the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office, Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, Office of the Mayor, a Legislative Director for the NYC Council, and an Analyst from the Office of the State Deputy Comptroller for NYC and the panel will be moderated by a WPA Board Member! To RSVP, log-in here, select the “seminars/panels/special events” option under the “events tab.”
  • Tuesday, November 15 – 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Policy and Research Careers Panel – We will hear from a Senior Legislative Analyst with the NYC Council, a Program Officer, Data Analysis and Applied Research with New Visions for Public Schools, and a Director of  Budget and Policy for the Human Services Council and the panel will be moderated by a WPA Board Member. ToRSVP, log-in here, select the “seminars/panels/special events” option under the “events tab.”
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New Upcoming Events for this Fall!

We have many events coming up that we are sponsoring, participating in or promoting. Have no fear, most of these take place after mid-terms! Please take a look because we have something for everyone: a long-term liabilities and pension discussion, volunteer to survey Food Bank for NYC participants with the WPA Board, advising support, and valuable career panels on policy and research as well as careers in government.

Click for more details.

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Welfare Reform at Fifteen Podcast Now Available

Last Wednesday morning Wagner students, community members and practitioners packed the Rudin Forum to hear a lively debate on the successes and failures of the 1996 reform that President Clinton promised would “end welfare as we know it.”

An audio-recording of the event is now online. The panel featured NYC Human Resources Administration Commissioner Robert Doar, CUNY Distinguished Professor of Political Science & Sociology Frances Fox Piven, NYU Professor of Politics and Public Policy Lawrence Mead, and Bich Ha Pham, Director of Policy, Advocacy and Research for the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies. Following a brief keynote from Commissioner Doar the panel was moderated by Caitlyn Brazill, Adjunct Wagner Professor and Director of Policy and Communications for NYU’s Furman Center.

WPA hosted the event in conjunction with the Wagner Poverty Discussion Group, which meets monthly to discuss timely topics in domestic poverty.

Click here to download or stream the podcast.

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General Meeting This Week; Survey

Our first General Meeting is this Thursday, October 6th from 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in Mulberry (upstairs in Puck). Our Board will be discussing other upcoming events and projects and would love your input on our State of the City event, Advocacy Workshop, Volunteer Project and more.

We have also created a short survey to get feedback from you about what kind of programming you’d like to see from WPA and how you’d like to be involved. Please take a minute and share your thoughts with us by taking the survey here

Have a great fifth week of school, Wagnerds!

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