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.
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
Penn students are a big part, maybe 30-40%, of the 27th ward but are rarely involved in politics at that level, and young people, in particular, have difficulty seeing the impact they can have in politics.
“PPRS has been a great complement to my engineering studies. Because of the courses I have taken in both health and technology policy, I have been able to learn how to apply the principles and problem solving skills taught in engineering school more broadly.”