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
Sarah McHugh thought she was on her way to a career in the hard sciences when two Urban Studies courses during her junior year at Penn ignited in her a passion for public policy. Eight years later, she has impressive experience in the public sector under her belt and is currently working for the federal government on health policy.
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
Edward is the Vice President of Finance for the Student Group. He is originally from Australia and has previously interned at Nestle and worked in the Australian Parliament.
In terms of skills, the MBA provides an understanding of economics and finance, as well as a business vocabulary useful to connecting with private sector leaders and better grasping their priorities. As a platform, I thought the MBA would provide a salient external signal that I had management potential and that I appreciated the practical realities of policy implementation for future work in government.