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
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.
When Ian Samuels joined the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crisis Response Team, he took a job that was truly uncharted territory: helping to save the hobbled U.S. economy.
Featured Student Profiles
Judy is a College freshman intending to study Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. She is originally from Beijing, China and on PPISG she currently serves as the Director of Trade and Foreign Policy, where she is interested in US-China relations.
Invoking words from the famous Prussian general and military strategist, Carl von Clausewitz. Clausewitz “theorized that ‘war is the continuation of politics by other means,’ and his words remind us of the essential nature of war and its origins, which are political in nature,” Tom observes. “As such, the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan must have political solutions, not just military ones.”