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 2015, teams from graduate schools across the country will compete on March 21st and 22nd at the Fourth Annual National Invitational to win prizes to kickstart their policy proposals. Please stay tuned for a list of schools that will be participating in 2015!

In 2014, 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 2015 panel of judges will be announced in 2015.

The 2014 distinguished panel of judges:

  • 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 the Democratic Co-Speaker of the House, House of Representatives, Indiana
  • 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