Abbey Wemimo is the founder and CEO of Clean Water for everyone (CWFE)—an organization that provides access to clean and affordable water supply in developing nations by working with local people and organizations to achieve positive and measured social, economic, and environmental impacts. CWFE has provided access to clean water for over 46,000 people in four countries. Abbey has a wealth of experience in marketing, consulting, project management, and market research. He is a fervent advocate of education and believes it should be the paramount investment in any child’s life as it empowers and expands the intellectual frame of reference. He envisions a prosperous future for Africa led by a new generation of educated, empowered, and ethical leaders. Abbey graduated with distinction and holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Minnesota.
Alvin Irby is a passionate educator committed to innovative curriculum, child-centered education, and transformative teaching and leadership. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Reading Holiday Project, a nonprofit organization that brings books to barbershops to help boys read. Alvin’s innovative startup won the Columbia University Black Business Student Association’s inaugural Venture Pitch Competition in 2013. Alvin studied Sociology and Economics at Grinnell College, where he received Grinnell’s prestigious Senior Award for his outstanding achievement and service as an undergraduate student. In 2007 he moved to New York City to begin a teaching assistantship in the Bank Street School for children and a Masters degree in Childhood Education at the Bank Street Graduate School of Education. Alvin has taught kindergarten and first grade in both charter and traditional public schools in Harlem and the Bronx. Prior to entering his current Masters of Public Administration program at New York University, he served as Education Director at the Boys’ Club of New York in East Harlem.
Angela Gachui is the 2013/2015 African Women in Public Service Fellow (Oprah Scholar) at the New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service. Born in Kenya, Angela spent her formative years in France and Cote d’Ivoire as well as her native land, developing a passion for the African continent and various iterations of leadership. Her work experience spans across various sectors and multiple countries, having worked with Mars Canada, PricewaterhouseCoopers Kenya, Seven Seas Technologies Kenya and most recently, at Triple Bottom Line Associates, a boutique advisory firm which she founded in 2011, working with small and medium sized enterprises to articulate and implement their corporate and talent management strategies in a sustainable manner. She has been recognized as a Next Generation Leader 2012, by the African Leadership Network, is a Founding member of the Kenya Chapter of Africa 2.0, and of New Faces New Voices-Kenya. Angela holds a BA in Political Science & Sociology from the University of Western Ontario and is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Administration – International Policy and Management Specialization. She currently serves as the Internal Affairs Officer for the Wagner Student Alliance for Africa (WSAFA).
Arielle Dulberg is a first year candidate for a Masters In Public Administration at NYU Wagner School of Public Service with a specialization in Management. She is currently the Communications and Events fellow at goods for good (GFG) a non-profit community enterprise program that is transforming orphan care in Malawi via small business investments. Arielle attended the University of Pittsburgh and graduated Cum Laude in 2009, with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a certificate in Women’s Studies and Human Sexuality. During her collegiate tenure, she was an active member of Strong Women Strong Girls Mentoring Program, Tri Sigma Sorority, and the national honor society for psychology, Psi Chi.
Arundathi Amirapu has a passion for urban development. She has over six years of experience as an engineering consultant working primarily on public transport infrastructure projects. She has worked on urban metro and roadway projects in Peru, the UK, the US and Europe, taking on technical as well as project management roles. Her other research interests include environmental and sustainability issues in urban environments; her undergraduate thesis was a comparative study on indoor air pollution in developing countries and her current research is on transport connectivity issues in urban areas due to Super storms. She has extensive volunteering experience with Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW). Arundathi is also a supporter of women in science and engineering and is a member of Women’s Infrastructure Network (WIN) and Women in Transport Society (WTS). She has a degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently pursuing her Masters in Urban Planning at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Calisha Myers is a second-year AnBryce Scholar at New York University School of Law. A Staff Editor on Law Review, she also currently serves a member of the Women’s Leadership Network, an advisory council to the law school, and Chair of the Women of Color Collective, a student group that fosters a sense of community for women of color. Since joining law school, she has volunteered with the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project and Legal Aid’s Prisoners’ Rights Project, where she’ll be working as a law clerk during the summer of 2014. Calisha was inspired to attend law school while volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate with CASA DC, an organization that represents youth in family court. Calisha has also enjoyed a career in digital media. She currently works as a freelance web developer and digital media strategist and also volunteers her services to non-profits. Prior to law school, she worked as an Associate Publisher for an online news publisher and as a new media specialist for several organizations, including the Service Employees International Union. Her interest in media led to a summer clerkship with the Federal Communications Commission, funded by an award from the Federal Communications Bar Association. A D.C. native, Calisha graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Sociology and Media Studies.
Candace Lee is a full-time candidate for the MBA/MPA degrees at NYU Stern School of Business and Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Prior to pursuing her dual degree at NYU, Candace worked for 7 years at Orion Consultants, a firm that advises global investment banks on how to improve their performances at institutional clients. During her time at Orion, Candace managed two client teams which generated over $2 million in revenue, directed the company’s recruiting strategy, and co-managed the execution of Orion’s global research studies. Candace received her BA in International Affairs and Public Policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. In her spare time, Candace can be found doing various volunteer projects in New York.
Caroline Mundela is currently a graduate student at New York University pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration, specializing in Health Services Management. She is the first child in her immediate family to have gained an undergraduate degree and continue on to pursue a professional degree. She comes from a Congolese family of three children, and also speaks French as a second language. She has spent much of her professional journey analyzing the substance abuse treatment and prevention within underserved populations in large urban settings such as Washington D. C., Philadelphia, and New York. Her hobbies include: dancing, cooking, reading, traveling, watching movies, and spending time with family. She enjoys learning about global health and health disparities and looks forward to learn more about ways to improve health systems.
Cherina Booker is a special education teacher with the New York City Department of Education. She has been teaching social studies to students with special needs in Brooklyn, New York for the past five years. Currently she is a lead U.S. History teacher and leads the School Culture Development Team that is dedicated to providing opportunities to foster school pride through events, fundraising and field trips. She is also a facilitator with the Teacher Leadership program, a Department of Education initiative that seeks to build the capacity of teacher leaders to be change agents within their schools. Additionally, she is a second year Common Core Fellow and has provided feedback to various stakeholders in the transition to the Common Core State Standards. Cherina believes that schools and community organizations have a responsibility to partner with each other to act as sites of community revitalization. Cherina received her B.A. in Social Anthropology from the University of Maryland at College Park, her M.S. Ed in Education of Students with Disabilities from Brooklyn College and is currently working towards receiving her M.A. in Educational Leadership.
Deborah Embaie is a first year graduate student in the MPA-PNP Management Program at NYU Wagner. Deborah holds a BA in Business Management and Marketing from Holy Names University (HNU). In March of 2009 and 2010, Deborah served as a Habitat for Humanity student volunteer, where she actively traveled to Tutwiler, Mississippi to build homes and help re-build the educational community within the town. While living in Seattle, Deborah served as an ESL instructor and translator at the Eritrean Community Center. Among other accomplishments, Deborah worked within the non-profit sector raising awareness, volunteering, and gaining donor participation to help fund the organizations in need of monetary sponsorship and/or support. In 2012, Deborah worked with the University of Washington’s Combined Fund Drive (UWCFD) as a Campaign Assistant raising money for 501(c)(3) organizations globally. The 2012 UWCFD campaign successfully raised over $2.11 million for more than 1,500 charitable organizations worldwide. In her recent professional activities prior to beginning the MPA-PNP program at NYU Wagner, Deborah worked with the University of Washington’s Advancement team as a Gift Specialist. Currently, Deborah is serving as a Development and Outreach intern at 826NYC-a creative writing and literacy nonprofit geared towards helping youth ages 6-18 express themselves through the art of writing. Deborah is on the Black Student Alliance Board at NYU Wagner and sits as the newly appointed Marketing and Communications chairperson.
Grace Boone is an M.P.A candidate at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. She has devoted her career to improving the lives of women and girls around the world and helping non-profits maximize their outreach capacity. Most recently, Grace was the Senior Manager of Corporate Relations and Events at Dress for Success Worldwide and worked with some of the world’s largest and most recognized companies to coordinate their support of the Dress for Success mission throughout the world. From 2008 through 2011, Grace was the Events and Communications Manager at Girls Incorporated of Alameda County, the nation’s largest affiliate of Girls Incorporated. She inspired participation in the Girls Inc. community by creating dialogue online and hosting opportunities for donors to be engaged with the organization’s programs and the girls they served. Grace is a 2005 graduate of the Kogod School of Business at The American University and serves as co-secretary of the board of directors for the Women's City Club of New York, a multi-issue advocacy organization devoted shaping policies that improve the lives of all New Yorkers. She has also held leadership positions with the San Francisco chapter of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network and the StartingBloc Social Innovation Fellowship.
Iris W. Ramirez is a Master of Public Administration student at NYU Wagner, specializing in Management. Prior to coming to NYU Wagner, she worked as a Business Immigration Paralegal for top tier law firms handling the workforce needs of an international corporate clientele. Ms. Ramirez has dedicated a number of years to community service in NYC. She is a founding member and former Co-Chair of Latino Bigs, an affinity group of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City. The group was established to assist the agency with community outreach and recruitment of volunteers in the NYC Latino community. Ms. Ramirez is also a founding member of the Bronx Volunteer Coalition, whose aim is to increase volunteerism in the Bronx. She is a member of its Steering Committee and chairs the Communications Committee. Ms. Ramirez is on the board of the Acacia Network, a group of community based organizations that provide services in the areas of health, housing and economic development and is the largest Latino run not for profit organization in the state of New York. In 2012, Ms. Ramirez was a recipient of the “Lo Mejor de Nuestra Comunidad” (The Best of our Community) Award presented by Comité Noviembre, which recognizes outstanding individuals who have empowered themselves and inspired others to make a significant impact on the community. Ms. Ramirez holds a Bachelor’s degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Dartmouth College.
Jacqueline Rudas grew up in Perú and Colombia where she was exposed early on to the struggles endured by economically disadvantaged families. Through her participation in a high school literacy program, she visited remote villages and witnessed the sacrifices made by parents to provide their children with an education. This left a lasting impression that fueled her desire to have a positive impact on her community. During Jackie’s career in the private sector as a CPA she remained involved in her community by organizing various team building events with local organizations such as the United Way, The Community Foodbank of New Jersey and Eva’s Village. As a result, Jackie was named to the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants' “30 Under 30.” Jackie is also co-founder of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hudson, Essex and Union Counties Leadership Council. There she observed first-hand the power of setting measurable program goals geared towards empowering individuals to succeed. This inspired Jackie’s commitment to implement and evaluate similar programs in Latin America. Jackie is currently an intern at the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership. In this role she assists the Enterprise Strategy, Research and Monitoring team in all capacities to maintain the Enterprise Partnership's economic development and empowerment projects in Colombia, Perú, and Mexico. Jackie is an MPA candidate at NYU Wagner specializing in International Development. As an active member of Bridge: Students for Innovation, she is on the planning committee of NYU’s 2014 Social Innovation Symposium, an annual forum for nearly 500 practitioners, scholars, and students to share innovative ideas across an array of social issues.
Joy Kim serves as a Project Specialist at Good Shepherd Services, where she supports program evaluation and monitoring of child welfare programs. Joy also creates data visualizations to make data accessible and appealing to program leadership. She is passionate about the use of program evaluation to improve programs and is a member of the American Evaluation Association. Joy is currently pursuing a Master in Public Administration degree from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and holds a B.A. in Public Policy form SUNY University at Albany.
Lauren S. Stewart is currently pursuing an MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy, with a specialization in management at NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. As a current program assistant for multicultural career programs at NYU’s Wasserman Center for Career Development, she enjoys planning and implementing career development events and helping students realize their full professional potential. As a recent Class of 2013 graduate, who finished a semester early to gain professional experience, she served as a vocational counselor for persons with disabilities. She successfully trained and advocated on behalf of clients to ensure job placements in spite of the limitations they may have. She was also an active big sister mentor for low-income middle school youth with the Young Women Leaders Program and a peer advisor for minority incoming first year and transfer students with the Office of African American Affairs throughout her undergraduate career. Lauren is originally from Midlothian, VA and received a B.A. in psychology from The University of Virginia.
Lornah Wahome is a NYU Wagner MPA candidate with a focus in International Policy and Development. After completing her undergraduate studies at George Washington University, she worked for the African Development Bank in Tunisia on numerous projects that dealt with monitoring and evaluating gender mainstreaming in the governance, transport, agriculture, water and sanitation sectors. Lornah also conducted research on effective policies that can be used to promote gender equality and empowerment in war-torn countries.
Lydia Avila is a first year student at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service where she is earning a Master of Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy degree, with a management specialization. Before starting at Wagner, Lydia was a community organizer for the Sierra Club based in Austin. For three years Lydia directed volunteer efforts, executed strategic tactics, facilitated relationships with public officials and coordinated media outreach for two major energy campaigns. She also trained new organizers and volunteers on volunteer recruitment, retention and coordination. Lydia received a B.A. in Geography/Environmental Studies and a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA. While at UCLA, Lydia was the Executive Director of a mentoring program for students in the low income community of East Los Angeles. She also led a steering committee for 24 student-run public service programs and coached her fellow directors on how to best manage their organizations. Lydia is originally from a working class suburb of Los Angeles.
Moe Magali is a Master of Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy candidate at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Prior to attending the Wagner School, Moe spent five years working for the Bloomberg Administration in developing the City’s new evidence-based anti-poverty strategy. Through his work with the Center for Economic Opportunity, a nationally recognized poverty research lab, Moe led the implementation, development and evaluation of a $20 million portfolio of education, employment, and mentoring programs tailored to disconnected and at-risk youth. He also directed the performance management and data reporting for over 60 local and national anti-poverty initiatives serving over 150,000 clients annually; and fundraised over $82 million in support of the Center’s multi-city demonstration project, the Social Innovation Fund. Moe is a 2008 graduate of St. John’s University with a degree in Government and Politics. While in college, he interned with various City agencies and non-profit organizations, including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, NYC Employment and Training Coalition, the Department of Small Business Services, the Department of Parks and Recreation, and the NYC Workforce Investment Board. Moe is a 2011 New York Social Innovation Fellow and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Olivia Ensign graduated with High Honors from Swarthmore College in 2012 with a major in Political Science and a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. Interested in the relationship between these two fields, Olivia completed her honors thesis on the origin and evolution of Peace and Conflict Studies and Security Studies. At Swarthmore, Olivia took on a number of leadership positions, including Co-President of the Student Council. Throughout college, Olivia was involved in a range of advocacy groups as well as mentoring programs for local middle school and high school students. Over the course of her undergraduate career, Olivia held a number of internships at nonprofit organizations including the Center for Progressive Leadership and the Center for American Progress. Following graduation, Olivia spent a year as a Program Assistant with the Quaker United Nations Office in New York City. There she focused on the peace-building actions and architecture of the United Nations, as well as on the process surrounding the creation of the Post 2015 Development Agenda. Olivia is attends the NYU School of Law, where she is a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholar as well as an Institute for International Law and Justice Scholar.
Rasheida Alston works for the Department of Education as an Administrative Assistant and Student Opportunities Coordinator at a Bronx area high school. Throughout her professional career, Rasheida has worked alongside mid & senior level managers within public and private industries. In 2007, Rasheida completed her undergraduate degree at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Finance and Banking. As President of her graduating class, Rasheida led a team that fundraised $15,000 built homes for Hurricane Katrina survivors and was the first class in history of Lincoln University to make a substantial donation prior to graduation. Upon graduation, Rasheida worked at the New York City Department of Small Business Services. This experience along with an inclination towards issues of advocacy and policy she concluded that a life in public service would be both fitting and rewarding. Rasheida is currently pursuing her Master of Public Administration specializing in Finance at the NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School for Public Service.
Sam Lee is an NYU Law School student who is passionate about fighting for justice for those left out of the system. From immigration legal services to the International Criminal Court, she has pursued a variety of ways to promote a society that respects all people regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or immigration status. As an intern at Greater Boston Legal Services Immigration Unit, Sam realized that through the law she could apply her academic strengths—researching, writing, and argumentation—to give a person access to her rights. For the first time, the things she wrote mattered, not just for the joy of individual learning, but for the future of someone’s life. Since then, Sam has worked in a variety of legal internships to promote human and civil rights. Prior to law school, she monitored the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia, interned at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, and interned at the Center for Justice and Accountability in San Francisco.
Santiago Silva Restrepo is a MBA/MPA dual degree student at NYU Stern School of Business and Wagner School of Public Service. Committed to development of his home country, he had worked for around 5 years in the Colombian coffee sector. Santiago has designed and evaluated several policies including credit and fertilizers programs as well as internal taxes and commercial policies that benefited more than 560,000 small coffee farmers. He began his career working on a telecommunications company and later made his transition to the world of economics through an investment firm in Colombia. Later he moved to Atlanta to learn English as his second language at Georgia Institute of Technology where inspired by the beautiful landscapes and aromas of Colombian coffee region decided to return to his country. Santiago worked in the coffee sector first as a coffee market analyst at he Colombian Coffee Growers Federation and later as an economic advisor for the Ministry of Finance of Colombia. Santiago, earned his Master in Public Policy from Los Andes University and his Master in Economics and his BS in Industrial Engineer from the Javeriana University in Bogota.
Sherese A. Ward is a first year MPA-PNP student at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service. Prior to joining the Wagner community, she served as Special Projects Consultant to the growing charter management organization, Family Urban Schools of Excellence (FUSE) where she oversaw fund development and school start-up projects. Sherese was a founding leadership team member of the Connecticut Black Alliance for Educational Options (CT BAEO), spearheading strategic partnerships and government relations efforts. She also formerly served as Director of Government & Community Relations with Achievement First. Prior to her career in education reform, Sherese managed corporate philanthropic investments for Bank of America in Connecticut and New York. An active community member, Sherese is a graduate of Leadership Greater New Haven, the William C. Graustein Memorial Fund Community Leadership Program, and was recognized as one of New Haven Business Times’ 40 Under 40. She has held numerous leadership positions on advisory and non-profit boards, most recently serving on the Community Impact Cabinet for the United Way of Greater New Haven and board of directors for Citywide Youth Coalition. Sherese holds a B.S. in Finance and Economics from Southern Connecticut State University.
Simone Andrews is an experienced public sector professional, whose work lies on the intersection of social innovation and finance. Simone is currently enrolled at NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and is pursuing her Master of Public Administration with concentrations in management and finance. In 2014, Simone worked at Williams Capital Group in equity research and at the Institute of Child Success in the Pay For Success Department. Before joining NYU Wagner, Simone was a Senior Community Organizer at Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE), where she organized and trained African American and Latino residents in South Los Angeles to advocate for policies that create economic opportunities and public sector green jobs. While at SCOPE, she helped advocate for the successful passage of the Los Angeles Green Retrofit Ordinance, an innovative green equity policy that not only produced public sector green jobs, but also trained disadvantaged workers with the necessary skills to retrofit city owned buildings. Currently, Simone is interested in bringing financial resources and capital to under served communities through innovative financing structures.
Stephanie Chrispin is a part-time NYU Wagner MPA candidate specializing in Healthcare Financial Management. An active leader on campus, she serves as Communications Chair for NYU Wagner Philanthropy (WP), a student organization committed to engaging students in philanthropy through the lens of public service. WP organizes innovative educational and networking programs to raise awareness of the impact of philanthropy on nonprofit organizations and the broader public and private sector, career paths public servants might take in the fundraising or grantmaking fields, and the importance of personal philanthropy in pursuing meaningful social change. Stephanie currently works full-time as a Senior Patient Coordinator at Weill Cornell Medical College's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology under the division of Maternal Fetal Medicine. She engages directly with high-risk pregnant patients while coordinating administrative, clinical, and academic duties within a high-volume obstetrical practice. In this role, she also assisted management in developing practice protocols and optimizing workflows, increasing the overall obtaining rate radiology pre-certification codes to 95% from 63% at the end of 2012. Prior to working at Weill Cornell, Stephanie completed undergraduate internships at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Hospital for Special Surgery. A native New Yorker, Stephanie earned a B.S. in General Science and History with a concentration in Pre-Health studies from Fordham University as a Dean’s Scholarship awardee.
Thuy-Ann Le is a dual degree candidate in Public Administration and Public Health at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the Global Institute of Public Health. Prior to graduate school, she worked at a non-profit health and human services agency to improve the health and mental health of low-income communities of color. Thuy-Ann was the Program Coordinator at the Research Center for Leadership in Action at NYU Wagner and supported several Social Change and International Initiatives, including the Ghanaian Women’s Social Leadership Program, which promotes leadership skills for Ghanaian women to strengthen civil society, and the Global Social Change Leadership Institute, which brings together emerging leaders from across the United States and around the world to develop the knowledge and skills to advance social change in their communities. Thuy-Ann also worked as a Legislative Policy Aide at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in Intergovernmental Affairs to advocate for the city’s, state, and federal legislative agenda to coordinate policy development on health related issues.
Presently pursuing her Masters in Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy at NYU Wagner, Tyeshia Smith is a dynamic sector switcher passionate about large-scale social change that encompass cross-sector coordination between for-profit and non-profit partnerships. She began her career at Citigroup where she spent four years as a financial analyst working on launching new products, increasing working capital efficiency for fortune 500 companies, and financial strategy. Tyeshia has also completed pro bono consulting projects for nonprofits with an aspiration to impact the next generation of nonprofit leadership. Tyeshia’s main focus while at Wagner is capacity building within public service organizations focusing on leadership and philanthropy. She’s worked for The Research Center for Leadership in Action where she focuses on Diversity and Inclusion Leadership programs that attracts, locates, and develops business relationships to build RCLA’s market position. She also engages in student organizations as one of the Board Members of Black Student Association (BSA) an association to provide various support mechanisms and increase social networks to students of color at Wagner. Tyeshia is originally from Brooklyn, NY, graduated with Latin Honors, and holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Economics from the University at Buffalo.
Winifred Wu, who goes by Winnie, is a first year full-time Masters student at the Silver School of Social Work. Winnie received her Bachelors of Arts degree at Queens College in Psychology with dual minors in Student Services/Counseling and History. Winnie was a CUNY Honors Pipeline Fellow for Careers in College Teaching and Research; with her thesis focusing on the Evaluation of Sex-Based Differences in Autism. Furthermore, Winnie’s history thesis focused on the Perception of Intermarriage between Asian Americans and Others. Prior to coming to NYU, Winnie worked for two years as a Project Coordinator for the Queens College Preschool Project, a longitudinal psychology study that studies children with and without Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Winnie has experience working as a Peer Counselor and Research Assistant. She also volunteered as an after-school program tutor at Elmhurst Hospital Center, where she worked with children and adolescents in the psychiatric department. Winnie is currently a school social work intern at the Department of Education, working with elementary school students and their parents. She plans on completing yoga teacher training in the future and exploring the work of yoga for people diagnosed with cancer.