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
Jason Kearns became interested in global commerce, international trade, and finance while working as an Associate in International Practice for Mayer, Brown & Platt. With a law degree from Penn and a Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, Kearns has had many opportunities to explore these interests throughout his career.
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.
Featured Student Profiles
“Taking philosophy and political economy classes in a communist country, I gained a whole new understanding of political and economic theory, as well as economic relations from the perspective of the developing world.”
“The American economy is as strong as it is only because of the integrity of our markets and the faith that investors, both on Wall Street and Main Street, put into it.”