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
How many people can claim to have had a hand in creating something that has benefited millions of people? Linda Spock can. The Wharton alumna played a key role in the task force that put in place E-ZPass, the electronic tolling system that has clocked tens of billions of transactions.
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
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.
Alyssa is a junior studying public policy. With past legal and consulting experiences in international trade, she is interested in expanding her current economic focus on East Asia to include greater political diplomacy and security issues in the region.