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Urban Policy Analysis and Management



Students in the Urban Policy Management program learn the theories, techniques and practices necessary for improving the quality of life for urban communities. Click here to find out more.

A Surprise Reunion for Three Milano Alumni

alumnireunionIt was a surprise reunion this week in D.C. for Milano alumni Heather Sheridan, Blaise Rastello and Nicole Giannone, who ran into one another at the National Alliance to End Homelessness Conference. Since their time at Milano, all three have moved on to occupy notable positions in housing services. Heather Sheridan is now the Director of Homeless Services at the Maryland Department of Human Resources, Blaise Rastello works as the Development Director of Affordable Housing at Gilbane Development Company in Virginia, and Nicole Giannone holds the title of Director of Evaluation, Training and Advocacy at Ali Forney Center in New York City.
Great to see our alumni accomplishing great things and staying in touch!

Milano Alumni Ben Kleinbaum

Ben-KleinbaumAs Vice President at Capalino+Company Ben Kleinbaum has represented national trade associations, premier private schools, developers, and some of New York’s largest not-for-profit institutions.

Since joining the firm four years ago, he has helped his real estate clients win approvals to develop more than 1,000,000 square feet of residential, commercial and educational space. He has also assisted trade associations in passing several pieces of legislation and worked with not-for-profits to raise more than $25 million in the City Council.

Prior to Capalino+Company, Ben served on several political campaigns in New York. His roles included managing targeting on a New York City runoff campaign and overseeing a 70-person citywide canvass for a statewide candidate’s primary campaign.

Ben is a lifelong New Yorker. He received a Master’s Degree in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from the New School and a Bachelor’s Degree from Bard College.


Let Rich and Poor Learn Together: The Center For New York City Affairs

clara3InsideSchools Director Clara Hemphill has co-authored an op-ed in the New York Times in which she outlines the achievements and shortfalls of New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio’s program “Pre-K for All” which promises universal Pre-K to over 70,000 4-year-olds in NYC. 

While overall access to Pre-K is improving under this program for children of different socioeconomic backgrounds, there is a lack of integration.  Even in neighborhoods that are economically mixed, children from different economic backgrounds are separated.  This is certainly not the intention of the program, rather, it is a result of the “cobbling together [of[ different funding sources and different types of preschools” and thus, reinforcing barriers that keep rich and poor children apart.

Clara sites research which indicates that poor children do better academically when they study alongside children with higher economic status.  This positive effect comes  without compromising the academic experience of any of the children, poor or rich.  The op-ed points out that there are instances of “blended classrooms” that integrate poor and rich children, such as Park Slope North-Helen Owen Carey Child Development Center in Brooklyn.  However, in order to achieve this, the school received less funding from the Department of Education who demanded that ” subsidized children had to be in separate Pre-K classrooms in the 2014-15 school year”.

Hemphill calls the city to enable blended funding, to offer more Pre-K classes in public schools in economically mixed neighborhoods, both of which will capitalize on the rapid increase in Pre-K enrollment is, surely a huge achievement.


The New School and Rockefeller Foundation Sponsor Publishing of ‘The Housing Challenge: Avoiding the Ozymandias Syndrome’

housing dilemmaRobert Bucky, in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation and other New School faculty and students including Achilles Kallergis and Laura Wainer, has published a summary of an October 2014 meeting in Bellagio, Italy attended by experts and academics whose countries are undertaking large, multi-billion-dollar housing projects. Attendees explored possible solutions to questions such as: 
  • Is the Social Contract for Urban Development with Cities or Housing Suppliers?
  • Are Urban Regulations a Central Cause of the Housing Affordability Problem?
  • Which Kinds of Urban and Related Financial Regulations Are Essential?
  • How Can the Existing Urban Capital Stock Help Address Housing Affordability?
  • How Can Subsidies Help? 
Other New School students who contributed to the work are Alissa Chisholm and Thomas Disley.
Access the full publication here: The Housing Challenge: Avoiding the Ozymandias Syndrome. View the full post to read the executive summary.


Center for New York City Affairs Names New Director, Kristin Morse

Kristin-MorseThe Center for New York City Affairs, an applied policy institute housed within The New School’s Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, announced today that Kristin Morse has joined the Center as Director. Kristin brings a wealth of experience in policy research and development, having spent most of the last decade leading New York City’s Center for Economic Opportunity, the first publicly-supported urban municipal incubator of cutting edge anti-poverty initiatives. Kristin brings a twenty-year commitment to education and poverty reduction to the Center, and will reinforce core Center strengths in these areas while helping it branch out into new areas, such as criminal justice reform and workforce development. 

“Kristin possesses a deep grasp of the Center’s policy agenda, and offered exciting ideas for tapping our faculty to extend the breadth and depth of Center research,” said Michelle DePass, Milano School Dean. “She is an innovative thinker, a skilled manager, and an effective fundraiser; her connections in city political, policy, and philanthropic circles will ensure the Center’s continued success on many levels. We are thrilled to gain someone of her caliber.”