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
First he co-founded Young Government Leaders, a membership organization. He tried launching groups on MySpace and LinkedIn, but didn’t feel he was creating great connections. And then he hit on the idea: “I thought there should be a social network for government.” GovLoop was born.
From the private sector to the White House, Brandon Belford transformed his talents in business and entrepreneurship for an accomplished career in public service. Reflecting on his college and work experience, Brandon gives valuable insights to students navigating through coursework and potential career paths today.
Featured Student Profiles
Kamelia is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Mathematical Economics and minoring in Political Science, hoping to go to graduate school for Economics and after work in the international policy sphere. Kamelia hopes to integrate her love for politics and policy with her passion for economics through her time writing for Wonk Tank.
Eric Zhu is currently a junior in the college studying Neurobiology, with minors in Health Care Management and Business Economics & Public Policy from the Wharton School. With regards to policy, Eric has a strong passion for the intersection between the private and public sectors, and how both can work congruently to further mutual aims.