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Meet the Student Affairs Team

Julie Avina

Julie Avina, EdD
Associate Dean, Student & Alumni Affairs

Julie Avina loves bicycles. The beauty and sophistication of their gears, the dynamics behind how they work, the way they transport people in magnificently efficient ways. They have helped her get where she is, take part in races to benefit the causes she believes in and get to know better the people and places she so dearly loves.

It makes sense then that Julie is our hub, connecting the spokes at the College of Global Public Health of NYU as our Associate Dean of Student and Alumni Affairs, where she maps new paths for our student body and motors the relationships behind their entire experience here at CGPH.
She is the embodiment of the Global Network University that is NYU, worked here for nearly a decade. She has served in numerous key roles including as Executive Director for Opportunity Programs, where she oversaw $24 million in grants. She has been an Associate Vice Provost, Academic Advisor, Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students at NYU-Abu Dhabi in its critical, formative first years.
With a Masters in Education and a Doctorate in Health Education from Teacher’s College, Julie brings a unique perspective to her work every day, grounded first and foremost in the 14 years she devoted during her early career to high risk youth, including those in gangs and adolescent parents.

She is a remarkable advisor and mentor, a font of unlimited information, a shoulder when students hit rough spots and a cheerleader when they celebrate major successes.
Just ask our students - Julie rocks. Actually, she plays bass.

Donald V. Brown

Donald Brown, MA
Associate Director
Student & Alumni Services

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Donald has been a resident of New York City since 2009. He has worked in varying capacities in higher education at New York University and Fordham University. Most recently he served in the Office of Advising & Academic Services for the NYU College of Nursing. Prior to beginning work at NYU, Donald earned his MA in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition to his professional responsibilities, he enjoys studying psychology as a graduate student and exploring New York City's restaurants. He is very excited to serve as a resource for New York University's CGPH students.

Andrea Muraca


Andrea Muraca
Assistant Director
Student & Alumni Affairs

Andrea grew up in Torino, Italy and received his Master’s degree in Biology from the University of Bologna. He worked at the Department of Pharmacology of the University of Bologna conducting research on chemoprevention through diet and at Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital conducting virologic surveillance in intestine transplanted patients. In 2010 he received a one-year MSc degree in Healthcare Management from SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan. During that time he worked as a medical affairs project leader at Johnson & Johnson Medical focusing on the market launch of medical devices for glycemic control in diabetic patients and on software to gain the best management of therapy through telemedicine. He is now a second-year student in Global Health and a member of the NYU Applied Global Health and Development Program. Andrea plans to work in global health with an emphasis on studying and comparing health policies and health systems to identify potential factors contributing to disparities in the access to healthcare.










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