National Challenge

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 2014, teams from graduate schools across the country will compete on March 22nd and 23rd at the Third Annual National Invitational to win prizes to kick-start their policy proposals. 

In 2014, the Challenge is proud to welcome the following schools to compete: 

In 2013, the Challenge was proud to welcome the following schools to compete: 

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 2014 panel of judges will be announced later this spring.

The 2013 distinguished panel of judges:

  • Robert Bobb, President & CEO, Robert Bobb Group, LLC, Winner of the 1993 Governing Public Official of the Year honor for serving as City Manager of Oakland, CA
  • John Carrow, President, Carrow Consulting, Winner of the 1996 Governing Public Official of the Year honor for serving as CIO of Philadelphia, PA 
  • 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
  • William A. Johnson, Professor of Publ. Policy at Rochester Institute of Technology, Winner of the 1999 Governing Public Official of the Year honor for serving as Mayor of Rochester, NY 
  • Tricia Leddy, Administrator, RI Center for Child and Family Health, Winner of the 2004 Governing Public Official of the Year honor
  • William Leighty, Sr. Fellow, Governing Institute, Winner of the 2007 Governing Public Official of the Year honor for serving as Chief of Staff to Governor Mark Warner, VA 
  • Alexandra Meis, Co-Founder, Kinvolved, 2012 National Invitational Public Policy Challenge Winner
  • Beverly Stein, Consultant, Public Strategies Group, Director of Oregon Solutions, Winner of the 1994 Governing Public Official of the Year honor for serving as the Chair of the County Commission, Multnomah County
  • Paul W. Taylor, Chief Content Officer, Governing Media