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
When Ted Buckley talks to members of Congress or their staff about medications in the pipeline for rare diseases, he goes in hoping that no one in the room has ever heard of any of the serious maladies he is about to discuss. “Because if you have, someone you know or love has one of them,” says Buckley.
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.
Featured Student Profiles
Edward is the Executive Vice President for the Student Group. He is originally from Australia and has previously interned at Nestle and worked in the Australian Parliament.
When I learned about PPRS, I thought it very nicely provided a mix of all of the backgrounds required for a good public policy thinker – economics, political science, statistics, and specific public policy courses. The program seemed to provide a very interdisciplinary approach to public policy learning and interdisciplinary programs are exactly what attracted me to Penn in the first place.