March 15, 2019

Michael Hengerer (GAL '16)

The NYU Alumni Association (NYUAA) represents all NYU alumni, from every NYU school and department—a community more than half-a-million strong. The diverse and active NYUAA Board of Directors is made up of alumni volunteers who steer the Association in their mission to engage and support alumni. Michael Hengerer (GAL '16) is a second-year Board member and co-chair of the Recent Alumni & Student Programs committee.

Michael is also a co-chair of NYU’s Recent Alumni Network, a group of active, dedicated alumni who have graduated within the last ten years and want to maintain their NYU connections.

Michael Hengerer (GAL '16) graduating

Michael Hengerer (GAL '16)

His work on the Board is a natural continuation from his time as a student at NYU, where he served as NYU Student Body President and on the University Senate’s Committee on Organization and Governance. Professionally, Michael is a senior learning coordinator at Goldman Sachs.

Meet Michael

What is your favorite:

  • Food? Nothing beats a good soufflé
  • Book? I've read some stellar books recently (Becoming; Promise Me, Dad; My Own Words; Option B; All the Light We Cannot See) but the title I'd go back to is Call Me by Your Name by Andre Aciman.
  • TV Show and/or Movie? The Great British Bake Off (or, for a different genre, Game of Thrones)
  • Song and/or Musical Artist? “Dancing in the Moonlight,” the remix by Toploader
  • Way to spend a Saturday? Running in Central Park and cooking or baking for friends
  • Place to travel? Somewhere I can ski!
  • Place on the NYU campus? The courtyard at the Law School; it's where I'd do all of my studying

What is your favorite memory from your time at NYU?

This is a hard one... but I guess I have to answer. I had many opportunities to travel away from the city with my NYU friends and classmates: a spring break trip visiting friends studying abroad in Europe; leadership retreats in Upstate New York and in Washington, DC; student government trips to Shanghai and Abu Dhabi. These memories are special not only because of their excitement, but also because they remind me of how the NYU experience expands well beyond what may immediately come to mind as “campus.”

Why do you give back to NYU?

NYU has given me so much—amazing friends; unique experiences; a world class education; leadership skills; strong connections with incredible people. I have NYU to thank for who I am today (in addition to my mother, of course!) so I want to ensure I'm repaying the favor, and creating the same opportunities for students coming up behind me.