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 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.
When Ian Samuels joined the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crisis Response Team, he took a job that was truly uncharted territory: helping to save the hobbled U.S. economy.
Featured Student Profiles
Anika Jagasia is a sophomore in the Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in the Life Science and Management. She is particularly interested in the role of healthcare policy in influencing drug pricing, encouraging gender equality, and promoting drug discovery.
Lina is a sophomore in the Wharton School pursuing concentrations in Business Economics & Public Policy and Finance. Hailing from Flourtown, Pennsylvania, Lina hopes to learn more about how the public and private sectors can interact to produce social change.