Lynne P. Brown is the Executive Director of the John Brademas Center, where she works to develop the overall mission, messaging and strategic planning for the Center. Dr. Brown is also Senior Vice President for University Relations and Public Affairs. In that position, she is responsible for the University's interaction with government at all levels, outreach to the community, strategic communications, and university events. She oversees the offices of: Government and Community Affairs, Civic Engagement, University Events, Advertising and Publications, Web Communications, Media Production, and Public Affairs.
In addition to these ongoing responsibilities, she helped create and shape two major initiatives for the University:
- Sustainability: She served as the co-founder of the Sustainability Task Force, a university-wide group charged with assessing the University's efforts on sustainability and creating a set of recommendations to reduce the University's environmental footprint.
- Campus Planning and Expansion: Dr. Brown led a major effort, the first in NYU's history, to guide strategic thinking about space planning and the University's presence in its urban environment. The result was a long-term blueprint to guide the University's growth over the next two decades, NYU 2031. The Core Plan, a key aspect of that citywide plan, was approved by New York City in 2012.
A political scientist by training, Dr. Brown received her B.A. from Smith College, where she was elected Phi Beta Kappa, and went on to receive her Ph.D. in political science from The Johns Hopkins University. At NYU, she taught a graduate seminar on the politics of higher education for twenty years.
Before coming to NYU, Dr. Brown worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman John Brademas and Congressman Thomas S. Foley during their tenures as Majority Whips in the House of Representatives.
A native New Yorker, Dr. Brown serves on a number of civic boards, including the Union Square Partnership, where she is co-chair; New York Building Congress, where she is Vice Chair, as well as Co-Chair of the Higher Education committee; and the Village Alliance business improvement district. She is a trustee emerita of Manhattan College (Riverdale, New York).
Michael F. DiNiscia is the Deputy Director of the John Brademas Center. He oversees the Center's research, international conferences, development, and outreach. Before joining the NYU Brademas Center, he served as special assistant to the chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy and as program associate for education and studies at the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs. He holds a BA in History from NYU and is a member of the Advisory Council of the American Ditchley Foundation.
Tom McIntyre is the Deputy Director of Programming and Outreach at the John Brademas Center where he oversees the Center’s program agenda, acts as the Congressional liaison and coordinates its Congressional Internship Program. Recently, collaborating with other Congressional centers, he has created The Young Leaders Network, connecting today’s young leaders to established policymakers, experts and mentors in Washington, DC.
Tom is also the Director of External Affairs at NYU Washington, DC where he works closely with the Office of the Provost to identify public programming opportunities for the Washington, DC site. He seeks out and manages VIP speakers, links programs to academic initiatives at NYU, builds audiences, and connects events to other NYU global sites. In addition, he initiates and facilitates the participation of national experts and scholars, policymakers, professionals and entrepreneurs in both classroom lectures and special program events. Coordinating with other NYU administrators and faculty, he creates and maintains a robust program and event schedule including symposium, speaker series, lectures, and extracurricular programming. Tom oversees the NYU DC internship program by managing the relationships with the internship providers and ensuring placements for NYU students. He works with the Assistant Vice President for Government Affairs on State Department and Embassy initiatives in Washington, DC and abroad in order to ensure that technical issues such as visas are addressed and programmatic possibilities are explored. He is the founder and director of NYU Washington, DC's DC Dialogues program.
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.
Yvonne McGlue is the Administrative Manager at the John Brademas Center. Yvonne began her career at NYU in 1986 working with Dr. John Brademas when he was president and later serving as Manager of his NYU President Emeritus office. Drawing on her wealth of institutional knowledge, her portfolio currently includes a wide range of administrative and office duties related to the operation of the Center in New York and coordinating with Washington, DC based staff for the Center’s activities in the nation’s capital.
Alberta Arthurs is a Senior Fellow at the John Brademas Center and a consultant and commentator active in the fields of culture, philanthropy, and higher education. She was the Director for Arts and Humanities at the Rockefeller Foundation for over a decade and prior to this position served as President and Professor of English at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. Dr. Arthurs served as Dean of Undergraduate Affairs and Acting Dean of Freshmen at Harvard College and Dean of Admissions, Financial Aid, and Women’s Education at Radcliffe College. She has taught English at Harvard and has taught and held administrative positions at Rutgers University and Tufts University.
Dr. Arthurs serves on numerous non-profit boards and advisory committees including the League of American Orchestras, Tribeca Film Institute, Philanthropy Committee of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Salzburg Global Seminar, and the Century Association.
Her recent consulting clients include J.P. Morgan Chase, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and the AG Foundation, among others.
Tim Naftali is a Senior Fellow at the John Brademas Center where he resides as the principal interviewer for the Reflections Project: Congress in America. With a joint appointment, Dr. Naftali is a Clinical Associate Professor of History and Public Service and co-director of NYU’s Center for the United States and the Cold War. A native of Montreal and a graduate of Yale with a doctorate in history from Harvard, Dr. Naftali writes on national security and intelligence policy, international history and presidential history. Using Soviet-era documents, he and Russian academic Aleksandr Fursenko wrote the prize-winning One Hell of a Gamble: Khrushchev, Castro and Kennedy, 1958-1964 and Khrushchev’s Cold War, the latter winning the Duke of Westminster’s Medal for Military Literature in 2007 and inclusion on Foreign Affairs’ 2014 list of the ten best books on the Cold War. As a consultant to the 9/11 Commission, Dr. Naftali wrote a history of US counterterrorism policy, published as Blind Spot: The Secret History of American Counterterrorism.
Naftali came to NYU Wagner after serving as the founding director of the federal Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California, where he authored the Library's nationally acclaimed exhibit on Watergate and oversaw the release of 1.3 million pages of presidential documents and nearly 700 hours of the infamous Nixon tapes. Naftali, whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Slate and Foreign Affairs, is also seen regularly on television as a commentator on contemporary history. Most recently, he was featured in CNN’s The Sixties and The Seventies and in the PBS documentaries Dick Cavett’s Watergate, Dick Cavett’s Vietnam, and The Bomb.
Leah Reisman is a Research Fellow at the John Brademas Center. Leah is a sociologist, evaluator, and nonprofit practitioner with expertise in strategy, evaluation, the arts, and immigration. An ethnographer by training, Leah is a skilled facilitator and strategist with demonstrated research, synthesis, and project management skills and deep experience in both the study and practice of nonprofit management. At the Brademas Center, Leah is contributing to "Staging Change," a major Mellon Foundation-funded study focused on the relationship between arts engagement and social wellbeing in California, and "Are the Arts Essential?," a book project exploring art’s value in society. Leah also works with the Wallace Foundation as an arts-focused independent researcher. Her original quantitative and qualitative research on strategy consulting to nonprofits, Philadelphia’s arts philanthropic ecosystem, cultural philanthropy in Mexico, and professionalization in arts nonprofits has been supported by the National Science Foundation and featured in academic journals and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Leah began her career working in art, science, and natural history museums. Through roles ranging from education to exhibition development, Leah developed broad fluency in national trends and challenges facing the arts. Trained as a program evaluator while working at UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science, she was recognized by the Visitor Studies Association as an emerging leader in the museum evaluation field. Bilingual in Spanish, Leah acts on her commitment to social justice through volunteer work in arts and immigrant-serving organizations – she is Community Strategic Partnerships Liaison at Puentes de Salud in Philadelphia, and serves on the Board of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.
Leah holds a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Chicago, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University.