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 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.
Whether he is trying to ferret out value in a company that few others find attractive, or combing through financial records to discern terrorist activity, Daniel Schmerin approaches his job the same way: as a detective of sorts. “That’s the skill set. The specific manner in which I employ that skill set depends on the task at hand,” he says.
Featured Student Profiles
Zach is a sophomore in the College of Art and Sciences, planning on studying political science and history who has a passion for foreign policy and international relations.
Tyler Knox is a sophomore in the Wharton School who intends on concentrating in Management and Legal Studies. Tyler is particularly interested in how policymakers can play a role in promoting scientific discovery and commercialization in both the life sciences and defense sectors.