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
Whether he is trying to ferret out value in a company that few others find attractive, or combing through financial records to discern terrorist activity, Daniel Schmerin approaches his job the same way: as a detective of sorts. “That’s the skill set. The specific manner in which I employ that skill set depends on the task at hand,” he says.
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
“I found that those two disciplines (criminology and anthropology) sparked profound evolutions in my thinking, and I wanted a home for more discoveries.”
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.