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Past Judges

National Invitational Public Policy Challenge Judges

Governing Magazine partners with the Challenge to select distinguished winners of the "Governing Public Official of the Year" award to serve as the Judges for our National Challenge.

2014 Judges Included:

  • Paul Campbell, Vice President, State and Local Solutions, UnitedHealthcare
  • Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor, Governing
  • Nat Gandhi, Winner of the 2007 Governing Public Official of the Year honor for serving as the former CFO, Washington, D.C.
  • John Gregg, Attorney, BGD, LLP, Winner of the 2002 Governing Public Official of the Year honor for serving as Dem. Co-Speaker of the House, House of Representatives, IN
  • Chris Kardish, Staff Writer, Governing
  • William H. Leighty, President, Decide Smart, Winner of the 2007 Governing Public Official of the Year honor for serving as Chief of Staff to former Governor Mark Warner, VA
  • Dean Stotler, Director of Government Support Services for the State of Delaware, President of the National Association of State Procurement Officials
  • Molly Kreider Viscardi, PhD Candidate, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Member of the 2013 National Invitational winning team, re:Mind
  • J. B. Wogan, Staff Writer, Governing

2013 Judges Included:

2012 Judges Included:

Penn Public Policy Challenge Judges

The Challenge has been continually honored by the participation of influential leaders in our greater Philadelphia community. We thank our distinguished panelists from past years!

2014 Judges Included:

  • Mark Alan Hughes, PhD, Professor of Practice, University of Pennsylvania School of Design
  • Representative Madeleine Dean, 153rd Legislative District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Representative Dwight Evans, 203rd Legislative District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Donna Frisby-Greenwood, Program Director/Philadelphia, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  • Feather Houstoun, Commissioner, School Reform Commission
  • Rich Negrin, JD, Managing Director, Deputy Mayor for Administration and Coordination, City of Philadelphia

2013 Judges Included:

  • Story K. Bellows, Co-Director, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics
  • Representative Madeleine Dean, 153rd Legislative District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Representative Dwight Evans, 203rd Legislative District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Donna Frisby-Greenwood, Program Director/Philadelphia, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  • Yael Lehmann, Executive Director, The Food Trust 

2012 Judges Included:

  • Representative Dwight Evans, 203rd Legislative District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Donna Frisby-Greenwood, Program Director/Philadelphia, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  • Patrick Joyce, Fels ‘94, Principal, Deloitte Consulting
  • Pedro A. Ramos, Esq., Chairman, School Reform Commission
  • Representative Chris Ross, 158th Legislative District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco, 9th District, Majority Leader, Philadelphia City Council

2011 Judges Included:

  • Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley, Pennsylvania
  • Donna Cooper, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
  • Jeffrey Cooper, VP of Government and Community Affairs, University of Pennsylvania
  • David Eisner, President and CEO of the National Constitution Center
  • Representative Dwight Evans, 203rd Legislative District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Helen Gym, Board Chair, Asian Americans United and founder of Parents United for Public Education
  • John DiIulio, Professor and Director of the Fox Leadership Program, University of Pennsylvania
  • Representative Chris Ross, 158th Legislative District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco, 9th District, Majority Leader, Philadelphia City Council

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Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829

felsinstitute@sas.upenn.edu