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Baruch College MPA Graduates Earn
New York Excelsior Service Fellowships

12 Graduates Awarded State Government Positions Through Inaugural Program

NEW YORK, NY- January 6, 2014 - Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs is proud to announce that 12 of its recent Masters in Public Administration graduates have been selected to participate in the inaugural Excelsior Service Fellowship Program, through the Office of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

This new initiative has brought a total of 80 talented graduates from 11 colleges, universities, graduate, law and professional schools in New York State into government service.

In a press release issued by the Governor’s Office, Governor Cuomo said, “Recruiting new ideas, fresh talent, and energy is a great way to transform state government as we continue to build a new New York. That is exactly what the Excelsior Service Fellows will provide.” This fellowship program builds on the success of the Empire State Fellows program that attracts early-career professionals to high-level positions within state government, and the New NY Leaders Internship Program that offers hundreds of college students an opportunity to work in state government.

Excelsior Fellows from Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs include:

JeffreyBailyJeffrey Baily, from Great Neck, NY
Assigned to: Department of Civil Service, Division of Staffing Services in Albany
When I found out I was chosen, I was ecstatic because I felt that I had a real opportunity to apply the skills I’ve gained professionally and academically to serve the people of New York and learn a variety of new things.

SilverioBracaglia Silverio Bracaglia
, from Brooklyn, NY
Assigned to: Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Capital Program Management Division in NYC
It's a privilege to be working alongside mentors who possess years of experience and occupy high-level positions at the MTA.

MarinaDrenovac Marina Drenovac,
from Serbia
Assigned to: New York State Department of Health in Albany
I always wanted to work in the health care industry as a policy analyst. This job perfectly matches my education, interests and future career goals.

JoelleHeld Joelle Held,
from Seattle, WA
Assigned to: Office of Children and Family Services in NYC
There are infinite and meaningful ways to get involved and really make a difference in the life of a child - whether it is through volunteering on the front line for a non-profit and helping kids individually, or influencing systemic policy changes at a governmental level that affects a larger group.This resonates with me for different but equally important reasons.

EnnyLedesmaEnny Ledesma, from Dominican Republic
Assigned to: Executive Chamber in NYC
I wanted to improve those organizations whose mission is to help others. I enjoy helping those in need, and the Dominican Republic needs more individuals that possess knowledge in this field.

JosephineLew Josephine Lew,
from Astoria, NY
Assigned to: Office Of Justice Research and Performance at the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services, Albany
While working in various direct service roles, I realized that I wanted to do more than make an impact on an individual level. I eventually wanted to implement change on a larger, systemic scale, and that inspired me to go into the public sector.

NeckeydaLouisNeckeyda Louis, from Brooklyn, NY
Assigned to: New York State Office of Mental Health, Division of Children and Family Services, Albany
This type of public service allows me to impact society’s most vulnerable populations by helping to make positive and large scale decision-making.

MariaParsheva Maria Parsheva,
from the Ukraine
Assigned to: New York State Department of Financial Services, Capital Markets Bureau, NYC
I am getting extensive training on insurance and pensions evaluation, conducting financial analysis and partaking in the regulation of New York City agencies. The next position I would like to hold would be in one of the Federal Government agencies located in New York City.

IsmedlaRosarioIsmelda Rosario, from Woodhaven, NY
Assigned to: Office of Victim Services, Albany
[I find it most rewarding when] people say that the work we’re doing is beneficial and that it’s helping them in some way at a time when they need it the most.


JasonWarshowsky Jason Warshowsky
, from Roslyn, NY
Assigned to: State Department of Health, Albany
This is an excellent career opportunity, and a great learning experience. The MPA program at Baruch gave me a glimpse into how city government works, and I learned about organizational structure, which is important in state government.

TyeWoodsonTye Woodson
, from Hamden, CT
Assigned to: Executive Chamber with the NY State Lean Program, Albany
I believe that the experience will help to establish me as a true public leader, and enable me to feel more confident engaging senior leaders in State Government while I rally to develop programs that increase skills and awareness of career opportunities.

PeterYimPeter Yim, from Brooklyn, NY
Assigned to: Department of Motor Vehicles, Albany
The fellowship has been an excellent learning experience. It has always been an aspiration of mine to make positive contributions to the world and to the lives of my fellow New Yorkers.


Fellows started in September and were placed in the Executive Chamber or at one of 41 state government agencies and authorities. Excelsior Fellows work full-time alongside senior members of the administration and play a policy-influencing role in New York State with the opportunity to work on the most pressing issues of the day.

“These fellowships offer recent graduates the opportunity to learn a lot about state government in a very focused period of time,” says David Birdsell, Dean of Baruch’s School of Public Affairs. “This is the most diverse school of Public Affairs in New York State. To be able to slot people into the leadership pipeline is the perfect way for us to fulfill our mission and show exactly how good the graduates of this [Master’s in Public Administration] program are.”

The selection process involved faculty and administrator nominations, an application in which the students had to articulate their interest and qualifications via a statement of purpose, and an interview during which a committee assessed their interest, qualifications, drive, and potential for success via a variety of traditional, behavioral, and scenario-based questions.

In addition to Baruch College, participating schools include Harvard, the Sage Colleges, Syracuse University, Morehouse College, Columbia University, Rockefeller College at University of Albany, Albany Law School, Fordham Law School, NYU Wagner and NYU Law School.



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