Public Works Partners’ team approach provides flexibility to apply the right skills and capacity to match the needs of a wide variety of clients, from small nonprofits to large municipal agencies and research universities. Our team members and collaborators bring deep experience in the public sector across a range of issue areas, including economic and workforce development; public health; emergency management; senior services; education; public housing; and urban planning. We are also thought leaders in our fields, regularly contributing to or publishing research on a range of civic sector issues.
Celeste, a co-founder of Public Works Partners, builds organizational capacity by developing innovative programs grounded in strong data analysis and management practices, identifying opportunities for performance improvements, leading change-management initiatives and designing staff development activities in support of these efforts. She also advises clients on internal issues such as financial management, organizational design and governance, and executive transitions. She earned her stripes working for the NYC Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Small Business Services. At SBS, she led the agency’s budget and human resources teams and launched large-scale business-based hiring and training initiatives. Celeste holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MS in Urban Planning from Cornell University. She is a member of the alumni advisory board of the Coro New York Leadership Center.
Allison leads projects that focus on program design and implementation, performance improvement, capacity building and partnership development. Through her extensive experience working with public sector organizations in New York City, she assists clients in developing and implementing programs that meet the needs of their clients and funders. Before joining Public Works Partners, Allison led initiatives at the NYC Department of Small Business Services’ Workforce1 Career Centers that focused on job training and preparation. At the NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development, she evaluated affordable housing programs targeted at neighborhood preservation and foreclosure prevention. Allison has a BA in Metropolitan Studies from New York University and an MPA from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. She is also a graduate of the Coro Leadership New York program.
Denise brings expertise in the implementation and replication of programs, social innovation, strategic planning, and philanthropy. Prior to joining Public Works, she spent seven years at Single Stop, an anti-poverty organization. As Senior Director of National Programs and a member of the founding team, she led complex multi-stakeholder initiatives, oversaw national expansion, and worked to ensure the long-term financial sustainability and success of Single Stop’s programs. Prior to joining Single Stop, Denise focused on issues of workers’ rights and low-income housing, as a part of MFY Legal Service’s Neighborhood Preservation Project and Make the Road NY’s workplace justice initiative. Denise also worked at Abraham House, an organization co-founded by her mother, which provides services to children and families of the incarcerated. There, Denise was deeply involved in fundraising and in the development and management of programmatic priorities. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from New York University and a J.D. from the City University of New York’s School of Law.
Diana develops strategic messaging campaigns and project planning for cross-sector, multi-stakeholder initiatives. Her work includes the research, writing, and production of strategic plans, annual reports, and organizational assessments. Diana facilitates large-scale partnership efforts, defines organizations’ business needs, and designs governance structures to lead well-coordinated collaborations between government, philanthropic, and nonprofit groups. She also has several years of experience in grant writing and management, from preparing detailed proposals to analyzing budgets, overseeing program operations to tracking outcomes. Prior to joining Public Works, Diana built a diverse skill set working for the City of New York in communications, strategic planning, and relationship management positions at both the NYC Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. Diana has a BA in Political Science & Media Studies from Macalester College. She is also a graduate of the Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service program at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service and the StartingBloc Institute’s Fellowship for Change Leaders.
Julia employs her diverse policy background to bring a unique and innovative perspective to Public Works Partners’ varied clients. Leveraging her experience at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the U.S. State Department, and a private-sector startup focused on economic analysis, she conducts research and supports Public Works’ project management team to deliver results for clients across a range of focus areas. Julia holds a BA from Middlebury College in International Politics and Economics, with a focus on East Asia and China. She has lived in China and is conversant in Mandarin. Julia is a 2017 Fellow in the Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service, a leadership and career accelerator program at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.
Doneliza works with local governments and communities to develop technology and data-driven strategies that increase the efficiency and effectiveness of access to resources and information. She specializes in data analysis, data visualization, and user experience design. Before joining Public Works, she was a planner at the Regional Plan Association focusing on the role of technology in the urban planning process, public engagement, and physical infrastructure. Prior to that she was a Code for America Fellow working with the City of New York to improve government services in the criminal justice sector. Doneliza has a BA in Urban Studies from Fordham University and a MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University. She is currently an adjunct professor at Barnard College teaching a course on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the Urban Studies Department.
Moe develops evidence-based program models that are grounded in strong program management, rigorous performance monitoring, and public-private partnership. He helps civic-sector groups design human-centered service strategies, build organizational capacity, and align program operations to outcomes. Prior to joining Public Works, Moe launched and expanded innovative anti-poverty programs at the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity and coordinated lobbying efforts at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Moe holds a BA in Government & Politics from St. John’s University and an MPA from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. He is also certified in User Experience Design (UXD) by General Assembly.
Sam conducts policy research and program coordination to provide clients with thoughtful, actionable solutions to multi-dimensional problems. Using his background in multi-stakeholder initiatives, strategic communications and public engagement, Sam helps mission-driven clients operationalize strategy and pursue policy goals. Before joining Public Works, Sam worked at the NYC Department of City Planning where he supported the coordination and development of neighborhood planning studies to expand affordable housing opportunities. In this capacity, he assisted in project tracking and management, and contributed to the development and roll-out of resources aimed at improving operational efficiency and effectiveness. Additionally, Sam has robust experience working in field operations and data-base management on a number of successful local and state political campaigns. Sam holds a BA in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan, and is a graduate of the New York City Urban Fellows Program.
Favio contributes his diverse experience in organizational development to help Public Works’ clients grow their capacity and service strategies to strengthen the communities they serve. Previously, he served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay for three years, where he supported community groups and trained incoming volunteers and Government officials on community development strategies, monitoring and evaluation, project management, and experiential training models. Since returning to the United States, Favio has worked with local nonprofits in strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, and program evaluation. He now supports the Public Works team by conducting research and analysis, as well as through his expertise in organizational performance and community outreach. Favio is currently a graduate student at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, focusing on Nonprofit Management.
Nancy maintains Public Works Partners’ finances and accounting so that the rest of the team can focus on delivering top-flight service to clients. Previously, she has nimbly supported accounting departments in sectors as varied as: financial services, IT staff augmentation, publishing and retail. Nancy holds a BBA in Accounting from the Zicklin School of Business at CUNY’s Baruch College.
Mark, a co-founder of the firm, develops smart solutions for clients through strategic program design, policy analysis and the creation of compelling proposals on behalf of organizations seeking public or institutional funding. He facilitates discussions with diverse and complex groups of stakeholders in order to identify pathways to organizational strengthening and growth. Mark also regularly publishes studies for the Center for an Urban Future examining issues facing small business. He has two decades of experience working with New York City agencies and nonprofits, including the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, the Economic Development Corporation, City University of New York, NYU, NYU-Poly and several local development corporations. While working in city government, Mark coordinated a variety of interagency efforts, including the launch of the City’s first office addressing the needs of industrial and manufacturing businesses. He holds a BA in Geography and Urban Planning from Hunter College at the City University of New York and an MPA from the Wagner School at New York University. Mark is a member of the board of Citizens Union and Riders Alliance as well as the Coro New York Leadership Center alumni board.
Scott improves organizational performance by crafting mission driven strategies, building staff capacity, refining service operations, establishing accountability systems, and directing the design and implementation of new program models. Scott assists clients to significantly improve the alignment between mission, strategy, and operations and to establish essential core competencies. Before co-founding Public Works Partners, he served as the Deputy Commissioner for Workforce Development at the NYC Department of Small Business Services, where he improved outcomes by connecting business hiring needs to job preparation services and launched new initiatives to facilitate the advancement of low-wage workers. Scott also served as the Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Planning and Finance at the NYC Department of Employment. Scott serves on the resource development committee of Community Impact at Columbia University and the alumni advisory board of the Coro New York Leadership Center. He holds a BA from Columbia College and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.