The Case for Public-Private Partnerships

Rockefeller State Park is a diamond hidden to most New Yorkers who either forget it is there or who have never heard of it. In this way, it’s a lot like City College. And, like City College, Rockefeller State Park offers each person who enters it an experience unique to him or her.

Park trail. Courtesy Creative Commons. Photo by SeeAnnarun

by Dee Dee Mozeleski, Director of Development, Colin L. Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

I went for a five mile run on Sunday.

As someone who has worked in education or philanthropy for over twenty years, I’ve learned to listen to the call of my feet hitting the pavement when I need to go out and think. I am a slow runner, in fact, I assume that when I run, I see more than the faster runners do. On Sunday I saw chipmunks, toads, a swan and her babies, a turtle on a rock, and, and when I stopped for a breather, two cows Suzie and Belle—IDed by their ear tags.

Where can someone who lives in Yonkers, New York’s fourth largest city, run and not see a single car or hear the wailing of a siren? Rockefeller State Park in Westchester County. Continue reading “The Case for Public-Private Partnerships”

Dee Dee Mozeleski: Propelling a Vision for the Colin Powell School

As the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service is integrated more fully and formally into the fabric of the Division of Social Sciences, and as the division is elevated to the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, my immediate goal is to help build the narrative for supporting Colin Powell School. I want to convey why it is so important to do this, not just for the current generation of students and faculty, but for the generations to come. —Dee Dee Mozeleski, Director of Development, Colin Powell Center

dmozeleski_v3When Dee Dee Mozeleski joined the Colin Powell Center in October as its first director of development, she hit the ground running. Mozeleski, a native of San Diego, has made New York her home for the past 20 years, building her career in development here and raising a daughter who is now at Penn State. Mozeleski brings extensive experience, professionalism, and dedication to the Center. Here, in a Q&A, she reflects on her experience and the goals ahead.

What drew you to the Colin Powell Center?
I first heard about the Center in 1997 when City College announced its opening. Over the years, I have stayed current with happenings on the CCNY campus because many of my friends have graduated from here. When I learned of the newly created director of development position, I thought that the person lucky enough to work in this position would have a chance to help shape what it means to fundraise for a program that takes the best and brightest minds from our campus and helps them to grow into leaders in their selected profession. Little did I know that I would end up becoming that lucky person.

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Center Alumnus Ethan Frisch: Working for Change in Afghanistan

Colin Powell Leadership Alumnus Ethan Frisch (2006–2008) is now working in Afghanistan with the Aga Khan Foundation, a humanitarian organization. We recently followed-up with Ethan to learn more about his work, goals, and trajectory.

efrisch_crop_vhColin Powell Leadership Alumnus Ethan Frisch (2006–2008) is now working in Afghanistan with the Aga Khan Foundation, a humanitarian organization. We recently followed up with Ethan to learn more about his work, goals, and trajectory.

What are you doing in Afghanistan?
I’m working for the Aga Khan Foundation–Afghanistan as the national program coordinator for engineering, helping to oversee the administration of grants dealing with physical infrastructure and engineering projects in northern Afghanistan. I’m based at AKF’s headquarters in Kabul, working closely with our regional teams and traveling regularly throughout the five provinces in which AKF works. Continue reading “Center Alumnus Ethan Frisch: Working for Change in Afghanistan”