Vera Jelinek's mission to create a community of global citizens has spanned over three decades at New York University. After an initial career in international educational exchange, she joined NYU as the director of International Programs, Social and Natural Sciences. While overseeing the growth of programs in the School of Professional Studies, Vera established a new department of international affairs which in 1999 became the Lillian Vernon Center for International Affairs. At the Vernon Center, Vera developed innovative public programs that brought members of the public into conversation with world leaders, the UN community, authors, journalists, and scholars in international affairs.
Under Vera’s direction, a Master of Science in Global Affairs program was launched in 2004 under a new Center for Global Affairs (CGA) within the NYU School of Professional Studies which today offers graduate, non-degree and public programs. Currently, CGA’s graduate program has 300 graduate students and over 1,000 alumni, offers about 40 public events annually, and provides diplomas and career advancement opportunities to those seeking positions in the global arena. These activities are enriched by Vera’s continued connections with international and nongovernmental organizations, the UN community, international media, government agencies, and private sector institutions.
Vera has a PhD in modern European history from NYU, a Masters in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a BA in history from Queens College.