Career Advancement

Judges and Prizes

2016 Prizes

The top three finalists will each receive $5,000 and the winning team in the National Finals will receive a $10,000 grand prize to further their proposals.

2016 Judges

The Public Policy Challenge was honored to host the following distinguished panel of judges for the 2016 National Invitational Public Policy Challenge:

William H. Leighty
President, DecideSmart

Winner of the 2007
GOVERNING Public Official of the Year honor for serving as Chief of Staff to
former Governor Mark Warner, VA

Natwar Gandhi

Winner of the 2007
GOVERNING Public Official of the Year honor for serving as the CFO of
Washington, D.C.

Jane Campbell
Director, National Development Council

Winner of the 2007
GOVERNING Public Official of the Year honor 
for serving as President of the
Board of County Commissioners for Cuyahoga County, Ohio

Phyllis Kahn
Representative, Minnesota State Legislature

Winner of the 2009
GOVERNING Public Official of the Year honor for serving as Representative in
the Minnesota House of Representatives

Mark Funkhouser
Publisher, GOVERNING

Winner of the 2003
GOVERNING Public Official of the Year honor for serving City Auditor for Kansas
City, Missouri

Raumesh Akbari
Representative, State of Tennessee

Jeff Brownlee
Chief Procurement, Officer, State of Michigan

Janet Creighton
Commissioner, Stark, County Ohio

Elizabeth Dagineau
Managing Editor, GOVERNING

Jeff M. Hornstein
Policy Director, Office of the City Controller, Philadelphia

Alvin Irby

2015 National
Invitational Finalist, NYU

Nicole La Tournous

2015 National
Invitational Winner, University of Georgia

Mike Maciag
Data Editor, GOVERNING

Stephanie Mason
Township Manager, Township of Doylestown

Alex Meis
Co-founder, Kinvolved

2012 National Invitational Winner, NYU

Jeff S. Merritt
Director of Innovation, Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation, City of New York

Rick Scheuttler
Executive Director, Pennsylvania Municipal League

Mike Schlossberg
Representative, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Paul Taylor
Chief Content Officer, e.Republic

David Thornburgh
CEO, Committee of Seventy

Curt Topper
Secretary of Procurement, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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