National Challenge

Congratulations to the 2015 National Winner, (fem)me!

The National Invitational Public Policy Challenge, hosted by the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania with Governing Magazine, is an unparalleled opportunity for students to learn, connect, and serve. Modeled after MBA business plan competitions, the competition challenges student teams to develop a policy proposal and civic campaign plan to achieve significant change in their communities. 

In 2015, the Challenge is proud to welcome the following schools to compete on March 21st and 22nd at the Fourth Annual National Invitational to win prizes to kickstart their policy proposals:

Governing magazine, the publication of record for state and local public leaders, is the presenting partner of the Challenge.  Judges for the Challenge are named from among Governing's Public Officials of the Year.

The 2015 distinguished panel of judges:

  • Story Bellows, Director, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Philadelphia
  • Grace Boone, Member of the 2014 National Invitational winning team, Latch
  • Jeff Brownlee, Chief Procurement Officer, State of Michigan
  • Julia Burrows, Director, Governing Institute
  • Elizabeth Daigneau, Managing Editor, Governing
  • Kelly Dittmar, Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University
  • Natwar Gandhi, Winner of the 2007 Governing Public Official of the Year honor for serving as the former CFO, Washington, D.C. 
  • Dan Hoffman, Chief Innovation Officer, Montgomery County, Maryland
  • William Johnson, Professor of Public Policy at Rochester Institute of Technology, Winner of the 1999 Governing Public Official of the Year honor for serving as Mayor of Rochester, New York
  • Joette Katz, Winner of the 2012 Governing Public Official of the Year honor for serving as Commissioner, Department of Children and Families, State of Connecticut
  • Bill 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
  • Joe Semsar, Organization Transformation Consultant - Federal Government, Deloitte
  • Paul Taylor, Chief Content Officer, e.Republic
  • Molly Viscardi, Member of the 2013 National Invitational winning team, re:Mind
  • Emily Wattman-Turner, Rising Star in Governing's Women in Government program