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 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.
From the private sector to the White House, Brandon Belford transformed his talents in business and entrepreneurship for an accomplished career in public service. Reflecting on his college and work experience, Brandon gives valuable insights to students navigating through coursework and potential career paths today.
Featured Student Profiles
Policy affects every sector of our economy and underlies many of my interests, including healthcare, technology, and economics. In each of these areas, business innovation can spur fast and effective change, but I believe that systemic change needs to come from both the private and public sectors together.
Jake is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences, studying Political Science, History, and Economic Policy, and is currently the Director of Trade and Foreign Policy within PPISG.