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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 GPH.

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 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 GPH students.


Andrea Muraca


Andrea Muraca

Assistant Director
Student Affairs

Andrea is Italian and grew up in Torino. He doesn’t eat pasta every day, he has an Italian accent, he is an A.C.Milan soccer team’s supporter and during Christmas dinners he and his family are always more than twenty. Andrea received a Master’s degree in Biology at the University of Bologna where he conducted research on chemoprevention through diet and virologic surveillance in intestine transplanted patients. He worked for 2 years as Medical Affairs Project Leader at Johnson & Johnson Medical where he focused 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. Then, he felt the need to pass from “micro” to “macro” to better improve population health outcomes and he enrolled in the MPH in Global Health at NYU CGPH, where he graduated in May 2016. As Assistant Director of Student and Alumni Affairs, he looks forward to deploying the skills he has gained as an NYU graduate to serve the incoming generation in pursuing their degree. Andrea strongly believes that he can help current students thrive in a positive academic environment that will help them become the kind of professionals the field requires.

Angelica Anderson


Angelica Anderson

Program Administrator, Student and Alumni Affairs 

Angelica started working for the College of Global Public Health in 2014. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Social Work at Immaculata University. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Early Childhood and Special Education at NYU Steinhardt. She has a huge passion for helping others, which is shown through her work with students. She has a big heart and a bright personality. Some would say you could hear her accent from across the water in her hometown, Staten Island. Students find her as a great resource for any general questions they may have. Just give her a holler or I'm sure she would love to grab some “Cawfee”.