Jul 20, 2018
Lisa Jervey Lennox, CIPA Assistant Director for External Relations & Communications
In Cornell Institute for Public Affairs

Lindsey Novakovic Oates, MPA 2007, Named CFO of NYC Dept. of Education

Lindsey Novakovic Oates, MPA 2007, was named Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the New York City Department of Education (DOE).  The announcement was made June 18 by Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza. Oates began at the DOE in 2014 and previously served as Deputy Chief Financial Officer.

As CFO, Oates will oversee the DOE’s $25 billion annual operating budget and the allocation of resources across all schools and programs.

“Lindsey is a seasoned public servant who has held multiple roles where she carefully managed City resources to support New Yorkers, and I could not be more excited to work alongside her,” said Carranza. “She’s been a key part of our efforts to raise the Fair Student Funding floor for all schools and ensure we have the resources to implement our Equity and Excellence initiatives.”

“As a proud public school parent, I am thrilled to continue to work every day to support our city’s school children in a new capacity,” said Oates. “I am humbled by this opportunity and look forward to working with Chancellor Carranza and all of my colleagues at the DOE to implement this administration’s vision for our schools.”

Prior to joining the DOE as Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Oates worked as an Assistant Director at the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget, managing budgets for the city’s portfolio of criminal justice agencies including the NYPD, DOC and the city’s district attorneys’ offices. She also previously worked at the NYC Human Resources Administration and at the King County Office of Management and Budget in Seattle, WA.

Caitlin Handerhan, MPA 2015, Named to Erie, PA List of 40 under 40

Caitlin Handerhan, MPA 2015, was recently included in the Erie Reader’s 2018 ‘40 Under 40’ list. The Erie Reader is an award-winning independent, alternative newspaper based in Erie, PA. This annual ’40 Under 40’ feature, they say, “celebrates the young adults making an impact in the community and keeping Erie’s arrow pointed consistently upward.”

In their write-up of Handerhan, the Erie Reader says, “As the Executive Director of the Public Policy Fund at Penn State Behrend, [she] . . . . teaches political science classes, such as Media & Politics; organizes policy-related events, such as panel discussions and debates; and oversees many other things, such as students' political science internships and a grant program that sponsors research on pressing issues facing Erie. She has also taken point on the Council of Academic Advisors, and if that wasn't enough she'll begin serving as the managing editor of the soon-to-be-launched Behrend Policy Review. Off campus, she serves as a board member of Emerge PA, an organization that helps train women to run for office.

Handerhan explains her commitment to the city saying, "I hope to contribute research and interdisciplinary perspectives to the policy discussions driving Erie's resurgence. This is a place that I have chosen to make my home, and I want as many people as possible to see all of the great things that Erie has to offer."

Amruta Byatnal, MPA 2017, Publishes Cutting-Edge News

In July, the New York Times and the Guardian each published articles addressing the opposition of U.S. delegates to a World Health Organization resolution on breast-feeding.  A month earlier, Amruta Byatnal, MPA 2017, scooped both of these papers with her article entitled, “A Moment of Reckoning for Nutrition Advocates at the WHA,” published by News Weekly (6/7/2018). There she details why nutrition advocates were accusing the U.S. of siding with private sector interests, sparking a controversy over what they assumed would be a routine effort to provide advice on breastfeeding and the use of breast milk substitutes.

Following the publication of articles in the NYT and Guardian, a reporter for Public Radio International reached out to Byatnal for her comments.  She is quoted in the resulting article published on July 10, “Reactions after US tries to weaken UN breastfeeding measure.”

Byatnal currently serves as a Community Editor for Malnutrition at News Deeply in New York, NY.