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.
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
To me, the most important thing universities can do is increase post-secondary opportunities for first-generation, low-income, and/or undocumented students through tackling systemic barriers, changing policy and building coalitions for change. I want to leave Penn a better place, and I hope that by being an example of what FGLI students can achieve I can inspire other students to dream big.
Saxon is a sophomore from Pueblo West, Colorado studying Business Economics and Public Policy in the Wharton School. He currently serves as the Executive Vice President of the Student Group. Saxon is passionate about a number of policy areas including international trade and United States’ foreign policy.