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Professional student services staff assist students with their adjustment to life in DC outside of class. Our staff in DC is responsible for assigning and maintaining housing, managing the residential facilities, planning activities, and seeing to the general well-being of the student body.

Being away from home and familiar surroundings can sometimes be disorienting, and the student life staff is prepared to respond to any questions or concerns which may arise throughout the semester. Our full-time professional staff is always available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on an emergency cell phone to respond to any unexpected events that may present themselves during off-hours.

As with all of NYU’s Study Away Centers, NYU Washington DC is fully integrated into the University’s Security, Emergency Response, and Health & Wellness systems.

In addition to student life, NYU Washington, DC has a staff to coordinate external partnerships, connected the center to the city's many organizations and businesses.  This staff is also responsible for special events at the site, exposing students to a wealth of experts and practitioners in their fields of study.

NYU Washington, DC

1307 L Street, NW

Washington, DC 20005

Phone: 202-654-8300


Director, NYU Washington, D.C.

Michael Ulrich became Director of NYU Washington, DC
after over eleven years at the University of Maryland.  For most of that time, he directed study abroad and taught several short term courses for premedical students in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid and Cape Town.  In the most recent national rankings, Maryland was #17 for study abroad participation among doctoral institutions, up from #43 when he began his oversight of the program.  NYU is #1 in this ranking.  Prior to his tenure at Maryland, Michael was on the biology faculty at Elon University where his duties included co-chairing the department, teaching biology and interdisciplinary courses and developing new study abroad programs.  He received a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from Washington University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Iowa with a BA in biology.  While in graduate school, Michael's first international experience was in El Salvador during their civil war volunteering at an orphanage and later in Jamaica performing similar service. 

In Washington DC, he mentors astudent through Jan's Tutoring House and lives in Capitol Hill with his husband Paul, their new AussieDoodle puppy Boomer, their elderly cat Bunny and a well-stocked Koi pond.

Assistant Director, External Relations and Special Programs

Tom McIntyre coordinates the student internship program at NYU Washington, DC and facilitates external relations at the newest site of NYU's Global Network University. In this role, he coordinates and executes the Center's public programming schedule and maintains relations with alumni of the University. Tom is also the Assistant Director of New York University's John Brademas Center where he oversees the Center's program agenda, acts as the Congressional liaison and coordinates its Congressional Internship Program. Recently, with Tom's leadership, the Brademas Center has partnered with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute to create the Young Leaders Network, connecting today's young leaders to established policymakers, experts and mentors in Washington, DC.

Prior to joining the Brademas Center, he acted as the office administrator for New York University's office of government and community affairs. From 1999 until 2004, Tom worked in the U.S. Senate for Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD), and was the Senator's Director of Correspondence. Tom received his B.A. from The Catholic University of America with minors in Philosophy and Religious Studies and earned his Masters of Public Administration with a specialization in management of public and nonprofit organizations from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.

Tom enjoys running along the Potomac and exploring DC nightlife. He is an avid traveler having visited 37 countries and has flown enough miles to circle the earth 30 times. He looks forward to working with students on their professional career goals while they live, study and work in the city he calls home.

Manager, Finance and Administration

Caroline is the Manager of Finance & Administration for NYU Washington DC, overseeing and managing the administration of the center in coordination with the Director. Her path to a career in finance began with a background in the humanities. She studied visual arts at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Houston, and received a B.A. in comparative literature from Brown University. Her love of languages, cultural exchange, and giving back inspired her to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Moldova. This experience taught her about the importance of education and sustainability in development efforts, and led her to the International Center for Research on Women, where she worked in finance for over five years prior to joining NYU.

In her free time, she volunteers as the Finance Manager for love.fútbol, a grassroots organization dedicated to building simple soccer fields for children in impoverished communities to have a safe place to play. She also continues to pursue creative forms of expression, making digital art and writing fiction.


Academic Program Coordinator

Mark assists the Site Director with management of the curriculum and academic and co-curricular programming, coordinates aspects of the internship program, and provides on-site advising to students.

Mark has had several advising roles at NYU, including working with both Business and Political Economy (BPE) and Business students at the Stern School of Business, and with pre-health and pre-law students in the College of Arts and Science. He was also an advisor for Honors students at the George Washington University. He received a M.A. in Higher Education/Student Personnel Administration from NYU and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Microbiology.

Mark enjoys exploring DC, tech, study abroad (three stints in various parts of Europe), reading, and baking.  

Admin. Program Coordinator

Gabrielle Royal is a graduate of Texas A&M University.  While working on her Masters degree in the department of English at New York University (NYU), her research has been focused on the intersections of race, gender and sexuality in the contemporary American novel.

While at NYU she worked in the offices of NYU's Center for Multicultural Education and Programs (CMEP) and the Graduate School of Arts & Science (GSAS).  She also had the privilege of serving as Vice President and President of the GSAS Graduate Student Government (GSG). During her time at NYU, she became most passionate about diversity education, social justice, and student engagement.  She is excited about joining the NYU Washington, DC team and looks forward to serving the diverse student populations within the NYU global network!

Residential Life Coordinator

Born and raised in California, Brian spent 8 years living in San Diego where he first attended UC San Diego and earned a Bachelor of Science in Management Science. He then worked at UC San Diego in both Residential Life and Student Affairs before moving to New York in 2011 to begin a graduate program in Educational Leadership, Politics, & Advocacy at NYU Steinhardt.

While earning his Master of Arts at NYU, Brian was also the Residential Life Assistant (RLA) at 2nd Street Residence Hall and was very involved in several organizations and programs, including NYU Alternative Breaks, the Steinhardt Graduate Student Organization, NYU Intergroup Dialogue, America Reads, the Graduate Leadership Council, and the Focus Mentorship Program.
Brian is interested in both experiential/service learning and social justice. Additionally, he enjoys reading, recreational activities, photography, and vegetarian food. He is excited to join the NYU DC team as the Residential Life Coordinator (RLC), learn from all of the students who attend the NYU DC center, and support the development of the NYU DC center into a flourishing NYU Global Program!

Viviana Siles

Residential Life Administrator

Viviana serves as one of the Residential Life Administrators at the NYU Washington, DC Center. She shares the responsibility of addressing resident concerns and harboring an open community amongst residents.

Viviana was born and raised in New Jersey where she then graduated high school and moved to Miami to study Hospitality and Tourism Management at the Chaplin School of Hospitality at Florida International University.  Viviana was a Resident Assistant during college and developed a passion for higher education.  She received her bachelor's degree in May 2014 and moved to the Costa Rican rainforest  to experience a different way of life before moving back to the States and working in Washington, DC.  Viviana enjoys traveling, getting to know people from around the world, and stepping out of her comfort zone.  

Brian Plaut

Residential Life Administrator

Ernest serves as one of the Residential Life Administrators at the NYU Washington, DC Center.  He shares the responsibility of addressing resident concerns and harboring an open community amongst residents.

Ernest is a two-time graduate of North Carolina A&T State University.  He completed a Bachelor of Science in Sports Science in May 2012.  Shortly after completing his Bachelors, Ernest returned to North Carolina A&T State University to pursue his Master of Science in Adult Education.  During his time at North Carolina A&T State University, Ernest served as a Graduate Hall Director to both undergraduate and graduate students.  He also had the privilege of serving as Vice President of Events for the Graduate Student Advisory Council.

Residential Life Administrator

Brianna serves as one of the Residential Life Administrators at the NYU Washington, DC Center. She shares the responsibility of addressing resident concerns and harboring an open community for residents.

Brianna graduated from Temple University in May 2014 with a degree in Media Studies and Production.  During her time at Temple, Brianna served as a Resident Assistant to undergraduate freshman.  In conjunction with her Residential Life experience, Brianna worked as a tour guide for Temple admissions welcoming new and prospective students with their families.  From her experience working with undergraduate student development, Brianna discovered a passion for Higher Education and Student Affairs.

Brianna is excited to join the NYU DC Center and experience life in her dream city with amazing students.

NY Site Representative

Luis Peña is the site representative for NYU Washington, DC. From the NYU Office of Global Programs in New York, Luis assists students through admissions and pre-departure procedures, helping them transition into their semester/year in Washington DC.

Phone: 212-998-4433
Fax: 212-995-4103

Mailing Address:
NYU Office of Global Programs
110 E 14th Street, Lower Level
New York, NY  10003

Email with any general inquiry regarding NYU Washington DC, and a member of our staff will reply at our earliest opportunity.

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