Baruch College MPA Graduates Earn New York Excelsior Service Fellowships

12 Graduates Awarded State Government Positions Through Inaugural Program

NEW YORK, NY- January 7, 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:

  1. Jeffrey Baily, from Great Neck, NY

Assigned to: Department of Civil Service, Division of Staffing Services in Albany

  1. Silverio Bracaglia, from Brooklyn, NY

Assigned to: Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Capital Project Management Division in NYC

  1. Marina Drenovac, from Serbia

Assigned to: New York State Department of Health in Albany

  1. Joelle Held, from Seattle, Washington

Assigned to: Office of Children and Family Services in NYC

  1. Enny Ledesma, from Dominican Republic

Assigned to: Executive Chamber in NYC

  1. Josephine Lew, from Astoria, NY

Assigned to: Office Of Justice Research and Performance at the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services, Albany

  1. Neckeyda Louis, from Brooklyn, NY

Assigned to: New York State Office of Mental Health, Division of Children and Family Services, Albany

  1. Maria Parsheva, from the Ukraine

Assigned to: New York State Department of Financial Services, Capital Markets Bureau, NYC

  1. Ismelda Rosario, from Woodhaven, NY

Assigned to: Office of Victim Services, Albany

  1. Jason Warshowsky, from Roslyn, NY

Assigned to: State Department of Health, Albany

  1. Tye Woodson, from Hamden, CT

Assigned to: Executive Chamber with the NY State Lean Program, Albany

  1. Peter Yim, from Brooklyn, NY

Assigned to: Department of Motor Vehicles, Albany


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.



About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to


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