Ellen Schall is a Senior Presidential Fellow at NYU and the Martin Cherkasky Professor of Health Policy & Management at NYU Wagner. Her research focuses on leadership and organizational transformation.
Professor Schall served as Dean of NYU Wagner from 2002 to 2013, during which time she led the school from an institution with a strong local and regional reputation to one that is widely recognized nationally and internationally. NYU Wagner is currently ranked sixth nationally in the U.S. News & World Report ranking of public affairs schools.
Professor Schall began her career as a Legal Aid Society criminal defense attorney, and served as Commissioner of the NYC Department of Juvenile Justice from 1983 to 1990. She has extensive experience in nonprofit management and governance, including more than 30 years of active membership on the board of University Settlement House. She received a B.A. from Swarthmore College and a J.D. (cum laude) from NYU School of Law.