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
Jason Kearns became interested in global commerce, international trade, and finance while working as an Associate in International Practice for Mayer, Brown & Platt. With a law degree from Penn and a Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, Kearns has had many opportunities to explore these interests throughout his career.
Mention unmanned drones, and most people think of a technology with a fairly dark job to do. But for years, Jack C. Chow has argued for drones as simply a very efficient delivery system—one with enormous possibilities for doing good.
Featured Student Profiles
Kamelia is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Mathematical Economics and minoring in Political Science, hoping to go to graduate school for Economics and after work in the international policy sphere. Kamelia hopes to integrate her love for politics and policy with her passion for economics through her time writing for Wonk Tank.
The people I worked with were incredibly adept at finding expertise in the government and navigating the policy-making process,” he says. “They were tireless, inquisitive, and brilliant, but what made them effective was their humility—their willingness to ask fundamental questions and seek genuine input from as wide a group as possible… . It gave me hope for solving even the most intractable policy problems.