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How do we mobilize the capital and people needed to tackle deeply rooted systemic challenges such as climate change and wealth inequality? On November 29, the MPA Program at CCNY hosted a panel discussion in Shepard 107 featuring social impact practitioners and industry insiders who shared insights from their own social impact projects and career pathways and explored the nexus where finance meets social change. The panelists were Preeti Bhattacharji, Head of Sustainable Investing at JP Morgan's US Private Bank;  Erika Williams, Vice President of Client… Read More »

On November 15, the MPA Program hosted an in-person discussion with Dr. Christina Greer in the main MPA classroom, Shepard Hall Room 107.  In conversation with MPA Executive Director Bobby Derival, Dr. Greer offered her perspective on city politics in the wake of our November 7th, 2023 municipal elections. The wide-ranging discussion included topics such as Dr. Greer's career path in public service, the issue of low voter turnout in the election, the major issues facing the city, and the major players making a difference. Dr. Greer also shared her perspective on the… Read More »

This week, MPA Executive Director Bobby Derival sat down for a Q&A with Jocelyn Simonson, author of Radical Acts of Justice: How Ordinary People are Dismantling Mass Incarceration. The conversation examined how activists and nonactivists alike are sparking extraordinary changes in the criminal legal system. Professor Simonson discussed her path toward public interest law and described several grassroots strategies outlined in her book, including community bail funds, participatory defense, court watching, and democratic budgeting. The discussion was hosted on Zoom for an… Read More »

This week, the MPA Program hosted a workshop about the foundations of successful advocacy with two special guest facilitators from the Advocacy Institute.  Marissa Martin, the executive director of the Advocacy Institute, and Abby Ng, a trainer, co-facilitated the 90-minute workshop on Wednesday night for students, staff, and faculty from the Colin Powell School community.  The "Advocacy 101"-style workshop began with a primer on the definition of advocacy, the types of policies that affect New Yorkers' lives,… Read More »

Students, faculty, and staff of the Colin Powell School and the broader CCNY community gathered at the MPA Program earlier this week for a workshop titled “Achieving Affordable Housing in NYC: Policy, Research, and Action”. The workshop was facilitated by policy analysts from the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and was designed for people interested in understanding the issue of housing affordability and exploring careers focused on housing issues.  In the workshop, the HPD team illustrated how… Read More »

Last week, Professor Carl Hamad-Lipscombe hosted a discussion in his MPA Capstone class titled “Finding Your Role in the Fight for Social Change” with special guest Deepa Iyer.  Iyer is a writer, lawyer, and activist who has been active in social movements for more than two decades. Her recent book, Social Change Now: A Guide for Reflection and Connection, is required reading for the capstone course. The book builds upon Iyer’s ideas, developed through years of practice, about how people and organizations working for social… Read More »

  The MPA Program extends a warm and enthusiastic welcome to our spring 2023 faculty. This amazing group brings deep experience in cooperative economics, philanthropic leadership, race and gender disparities in wealth and income, social movement building, strategic talent management, and social impact investing. Pictured above, from top left, our spring 2023 faculty are Ofronama Biu, Carl Hamad-Lipscombe, Eric Horvath, Janet Kyle, Omar Freilla, and Gara LaMarche. It is our honor to have these accomplished practitioners… Read More »

This week the MPA Program hosted a panel discussion about the roles, organizations, and sectors that will define and design the future of public service, and the skills, knowledge, and competencies that emerging professionals need to succeed. MPA Executive Director Bobby Derival moderated the conversation with three distinguished panelists: Eric Horvath is Director of Capital Strategies at Common Future, a national nonprofit focused on eliminating the racial wealth gap and building an economy for all, where he leads the… Read More »

MPA students, faculty, and staff took a break from their books and laptops last Saturday to spend the morning doing their part to beautify the city’s green spaces.  The volunteers worked in Tompkins Square Park under the guidance of the Lower East Side Ecology Center, a nonprofit that provides community composting, environmental education, and e-waste services in neighborhoods across the city. Antonio Lopez, an alumnus of the MPA Program who now works as a Development Manager at LES Ecology Center, led the outing as part of… Read More »

This week, the MPA Program hosted the event titled Climate Action: People, Power, and Policy in Shepard Hall at CCNY.  The event featured a public conversation between Bobby Derival, the executive director of the MPA Program, and Andrés Bernal, a CUNY Lecturer, organizer, and senior policy advisor. The discussion explored climate policies and actions that push the boundaries of the current policy panorama and could offer new pathways for achieving a just and sustainable society.  Bernal and Derival discussed ways… Read More »
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Last Updated: 09/13/2021 15:40