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
Sarina is a Wharton sophomore from Buffalo, NY currently serving as the Vice President of Internal for the Student Group. She plans to study Business Economics and Public Policy as well as Marketing. She is interested in gender equality, women’s empowerment, and international development.
I’m really interested in the relationship between the private sector and the government. Since the hedge funds can make it harder for the SEC to conduct investigations by requiring them to be on site and look at everything on paper, and the SEC can choose how wide-ranging their investigation will be, it’s important for both sides to maintain a positive working relationship, and negotiate for their mutual benefit.