Milano Minutes

Alum Jeff Lindor on having the entrepreneurial bug

Jeff Lindor (MS ‘15) is Founder and CEO of The Gentlemen’s Factory, a coworking social club for men of color and a space where members encourage, engage, and support one another. What started while Jeff was earning a Master’s degree at Milano grew into an enterprise featured in The New York Times, The Daily News, and on FOX 5 New York.

Alum Sarah Fajardo on what it means to work in policy

Sarah Fajardo (MS ’13) serves as the Policy Director for the ACLU-NJ. She has worked with Asian American and immigrant-led organizations to improve language access and has analyzed the fiscal impact of budget bills on the NYC Department of Education. Today, Sarah is working on national, state, and local campaigns with the ACLU-NJ in an integrative model that relies heavily on policy analysis, grassroots organizing, legal analysis, and litigation.

Associate Professor of Professional Practice Charles Allison on the importance of finance

As Associate Professor of Professional Practice at the Milano School, Charles Allison teaches courses in finance, accounting and financial management, entrepreneurship and impact investing, urban policy analysis and management, infrastructure, and leadership. In his Milano Minute, Charles shares the most important question you can ask yourself as a policymaker, entrepreneur, manager, or leader: How are you going to finance it?

Alum Adrienne Hadaway on policy made differently

Adrienne Hadaway (MS ’14) leads the Strategy and Operations team for Teacher Career Pathways, a program through the NYC Department of Education. After teaching in Southern California and Bulgaria with the Peace Corps, Adrienne became interested in how policy decisions trickle down to schools. She came to the Milano School wanting to learn how to make policy differently.

Mariana Peinado on finding a new approach

An Argentinian lawyer who previously worked at the Government Accountability Office of Argentina as a Legal Advisor, Mariana Peinado came to The New School after being awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. She’s currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public and Urban Policy, and was attracted to at the Milano School for the opportunity it provided her to connect with actual policy challenges in the Urban Policy Lab. She hopes learning this new approach to policy analysis will have an impact on her work back in Argentina.

Belén Fodde on going from a Master’s to a PhD

Belén Fodde (MS ’19) shares her thoughts on Milano’s Master of Science in Public and Urban Policy. Belén is now in the Public and Urban Policy doctoral program and began her time at Milano as a Fulbright Scholar from Argentina.