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MPA Urban Dialogue

May 20, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Understanding & Leveraging Power in Government:  Networking and Building Coalitions to Build your Career

Join us for a fascinating discussion with several MCNY alumni who work in government positions.  How do you get a job in the government, how do you navigate changes in leadership, budgetary processes and still get things done?

Learn more about past Urban Dialogues here.


Meet the Panel

Constance Robinson-Turner is the Program Administrator for the Mobile Connie Robinson-TurnerDental Care Program at the New York University College of Dentistry.  She helped initiate the program by securing funding from the NYC Council more than a decade ago, the program continues to provide children with dental services in their own communities throughout New York.  Prior to her role at NYU, Connie served as Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant to Assemblyman William Boyland and Assemblywoman Barbara Clark.  Connie serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at MCNY and serves as a member of Community Board 12 in Queens.  She received a B.A. from City College of New York and a MS in Administration from MCNY.


Larry Scott-Blackmon is the Deputy Commissioner for Community Outreach for NYC Parks. In this role, Mr. Blackmon directs the Parks Department’s Larry Scott-Blackmonefforts to foster and grow relationships with constituents by shaping and crafting policy and activities geared toward community coordination, development, and management.  Previously, Larry served as Chief of Staff and Deputy Commissioner for Intergovernmental Affairs at New York City Department of Small Business Services worked for the New York Jets of the National Football League where he served as the Senior Manager for Public Affairs. He has worked with federal, state and local elected officials throughout his career, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and former U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, and U.S. Congressman Charles Rangel. Mr. Blackmon lives in Harlem and is an active member of the community. Mr. Blackmon is a graduate of the Coro Leadership New York program and a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society. He earned a B.A. in 1996 from the State University of New York College at New Paltz and a Masters in Public Administration in 2007 from Metropolitan College of New York where he also serves as an adjunct professor.


Marricka Scott-McFadden is currently the Deputy Chief Clerk at the Bronx Borough office of the New York City Board of Elections. She is the ranking Marricka Scott-McFaddenDemocrat in this office and is responsible for the management and execution of all elections in the Borough of the Bronx. Marricka received her Bachelors’ degree from Herbert H. Lehman College and her Masters from Metropolitan College of New York. In 2009 she was named in City Hall Magazine’s 40 under 40 Rising Stars in Politics. She is a proud Bronx resident and has spent the last 15 years serving her beloved community. She is also the exhausted mother of Vaughn McFadden.



May 20, 2014
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Metropolitan College of New York


Metropolitan College of New York
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Honorary Chair
Mayor David Dinkins

Honorary Committee
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Carmen de Lavallade & Geoffrey Holder
Fernando Ferrer
Ruth Messinger, American Jewish World Service
Congressman Jerrold Nadler
Senator Charles E. Schumer
Reverend Al Sharpton

Founders Circle
Deborah Allen
Wendy Cohen
Sylvia Hack
Laura Pires-Hester
Judith Hozore
Alida Mesrop
Elinor Tatum
Frances Walton

Gala Committee
Chuck Armstrong, Armstrong Interactive
Grace Bale, Morgan Stanley
Maria Benlian, Citi
Robyn Burger, Citi
Esti Buskin, Blackrock
Al Cafaro, Metropolitan Hybrid
Rosemary Castillo, MetLife
Suzie Clinchy, Amex
Mandell Crawley, Morgan Stanley
Alicia Curry, UBS
Manuel DeTorres, Metro Packaging and Imaging
Debbie Divito, Citi
Tucker Flood, Eastman Radio
Stephen Greenwald, g & h media
Anne Greenwood, Encore.org
Stacy Hirsh, JPMorganChase
Leena Kallash, Barclays Capital
Mariah Kelly, Pfizer
Courtney Kringstein, Barneys New York
Angela Lestrada, Morgan Stanley
Joan & Jeff Levenson
Maggie Makovec Wojcik, Goldman Sachs
Jennifer Maruca, Morgan Stanley
W. Thomas Matthews, Smith Barney
Tess Medina, Citi
Jennifer Gabriele Miller, Citi Private Bank
Krista Perez, Morgan Stanley
Craig Pfeiffer, Advisors Ahead LLC
Alma Piscitello, Morgan Stanley
Paula Price
Laura Poling, UBS
Sandra Richards, Morgan Stanley
Franklin D. Roosevelt III and Grace G. Roosevelt
Maura Rose, Morgan Stanley
Peter Schelfhaudt, Creative Partners
Robert J. Smith, Law Office of Robert J. Smith
Dr. Joan Straumanis
Paul Tyler, Fidelity & Guarantee Life
Mary Uslander, Merrill Lynch
Kara Underwood, Morgan Stanley
Sandra Vecera, Citi
Rochelle Wagenheim, Morgan Stanley
James F. Walker, Credit Suisse
Michael White, Fieldpoint Private