Everything You Need to Know about Starting a Career in Policy and Government

  • February 28, 2017
    1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
We're sorry, but all tickets sales have ended because the event is expired.

Thinking about going into Policy and Government? Wondering how to land an internship or your first job in the field? Interested in what the day to day life is for a person in public service? Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn from alumni in the field who were once in your shoes.

Joe Eastman
Senior Analyst, NYC Office of Management and Budget

Joe Eastman is a Senior Analyst with the NYC Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where he helps evaluate fiscal requests from the Department of Homeless Services, and oversee the agency’s budget management. His programmatic portfolio includes Single Adult Shelter, Street Homeless Outreach, Shelter Security, Homeless Veterans Services, and the agency’s Personal Services budget. Prior to OMB, Joe is proud to have worked at four other City agencies, including the Department of Social Services/ Human Resources Administration, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, the Department of Small Business Services, and the Department of Parks and Recreation. He completed a Master’s of Public Administration from NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service in 2015, while working full-time at OMB. Joe graduated from CUNY Hunter College in 2010 with a B.A. in Political Science and Economics, where he was a Macaulay Honors College Scholar. In college, he was the Co-Founder and President of the Roosevelt Institute at Hunter. Joe was a 2012 NYC Civic Corps Member, 2011 NYC Urban Fellow, and 2010 Jeannette K. Watson Fellow.

Meet the Panelists

Ryan Merola ’08 (Brooklyn), JD
Analyst, NYPD

Kaitlyn O’Hagan ’14 (Hunter), MPA
Financial Analyst at the New York City Council

Kaitlyn is a proud alumna of Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, where she studied History and Public Policy. Since graduation she has continued her engagement with Macaulay and currently serves as Vice President of the Macaulay Alumni Board. Upon graduation, Kaitlyn briefly worked at Roosevelt House, the Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, before moving to a top-ten local government relations firm. She quickly advanced from research assistant to lobbyist, and discovered a passion for public finance. In 2015, Kaitlyn returned to her true calling: public service. She started her career at the New York City Council as Budget Director for Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson of the Bronx, and is now a finance analyst at the Council covering education. Kaitlyn also recently received her MPA from the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College.

Preeya Saika ’10 (City College), MPA
Recently appointed to the Executive Chamber of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Prior to her work in the New York State government, Preeya worked at The White House in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as Confidential Assistant to the Associate Director for Education, Income Maintenance, and Labor Division. At OMB she partook in the process to formulate and execute two Presidential Budgets for a $600 million portfolio that covered education, economic mobility, and labor programs.  Preeya graduated from the Macaulay Honors College at The City College of New York with a BA in Economics and a concentration in finance, a minor in history, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa. She also holds a Master of Public Administration, with a concentration in Econometrics and Data Analysis from The Colin L. Powell School of Civic and Global Leadership at The City College of New York. 

 Catherine Zinnel ’09 (Hunter)
Deputy Chief of Staff to New York City Council Member Brad Lander in Brooklyn 

Catherine is Deputy Chief of Staff to New York City Council Member Brad Lander in Brooklyn, co-founder of the Council’s Progressive Caucus. Catherine’s work advances new ways for people to become involved in government decision-making—premised on the idea that by broadening participation, we make more-equitable investments in our shared future. She has twice coordinated a year-long participatory budgeting process, through which residents decide how to spend taxpayer dollars in their neighborhoods. Currently, she coordinates “Bridging Gowanus,” a community planning process for infrastructure and land use regulations in the Gowanus Canal area. Catherine is a graduate of the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College. She was a 2008 Jeanette K. Watson Fellow, a 2009 Humanity in Action Fellow, and a 2010 New York City Urban Fellow. This year, she is taking part in the Coro Leadership New York training program and serving as an alumni editor for the Roosevelt Institute’s student publications.