Throughout history, people affiliated with Penn have played a leadership role in U.S. public policy. These notable people include historical figures such as President William Henry Harrison, Secretary of Defense, Thomas Gates, Jr., the first Governor of Pennsylvania, Thomas Mifflin, and the current mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter.
Since 1749, when Benjamin Franklin founded the University, Penn has been committed to the education of students interested in advancing the public interest. This commitment is reflected in the accomplishments of Penn alumni who have pursued careers in the public sector. Such careers include the Special U.S. Envoy committed to confronting global AIDS, North Carolina State Treasurer, and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Legacy Securities Public-Private Investment Program. Penn’s commitment to training the next generation of policy makers is mirrored through the academic and career interests of current students.
Featured Alumni Profiles
As North Carolina’s Treasurer, the Wharton alumna has an enormous portfolio. The post—established in 1715—is one of the most powerful among the states.
As Assistant Secretary for Management at the Department of Education, Wharton alumnus Andrew Jackson serves a critical role in running the business side of one of the nation’s most important government agencies. But the path he took to get there is far from conventional.
Featured Student Profiles
Eli is a Wharton freshman from Park City, UT currently serving as the Director of Economic Policy for PPISG. He is planning on studying Real Estate and Finance with a minor in Chinese. His interests vary from the traditional tax and fiscal policy topics to more obscure topics like cryptocurrency, the opioid crisis, real estate, and lottery reform.
“In today’s media and political environment, where short sound bites have taken the place of complicated, nuanced policy answers, I think there is a great need for individuals who know how to create effective policy.”