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2015 Penn Challenge Finalists Announced!

January 21, 2015

In front of four panels of local leaders and esteemed Fels Institute of Government graduates, eight teams competed on Tuesday, January 20, in the Semi-Final round of the 6th Annual Penn Public Policy Challenge. The judges have selected the following four teams to advance to the Penn Finals on Sunday, March 1st. From there, one team will be selected to vie for the opportunity to compete at the National Finals, which will be held at the National Constitution Center on March 22nd, 2015.

Congratulations to:

  • Access Link - proposal to introduce a web link connecting high school students with outside academic and social resources to increase the impact of these resources and to reduce the dropout rate
  • healthyM&E – proposal to develop and implement a technological solution enabling the Food Trust to monitor purchases made at healthy corner stores in Philadelphia
  • Schoogle - proposal to implement a supply inventory system for the School District in order to simplify and standardize the current process of inventory and asset management
  • SmokeFreePHL - proposal to introduce a proven text message-based smoking cessation program in order to reduce smoking rates and save money on health care costs

Thank you to our panel of judges for generously sharing their time and expertise:

  • Andy Toy, Managing Director, Eastern Tower Community Center
  • Cynthia Douglas, Chief of Staff, City of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
  • Danielle Wolfe, Senior Analyst, Center for High Impact Philanthropy
  • Eryn Santamoor, Senior Managing Consultant, Public Financial Management
  • Laura Buckley, Social Work Manager, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers
  • Lori Partin, Director, Fiscal Monitoring Unit, PMHCC/City of Philadelphia DHS
  • Lorina Marshall-Blake, President, Independence Blue Cross Foundation
  • Matthew Stitt, Assistant Chief Financial Officer - City Council/Office of the President
  • Sarah Fisher, Sustainability Strategic Planning Associate, Green Campus Partnership, University of Pennsylvania
  • Seth Williams, Senior Managing Consultant, Public Financial Management
  • Sherryl Kuhlman, Managing Director, Wharton Social Impact Initiative
  • Talia Stinson, Project Director, GreatPhillySchools, Philadelphia School Partnership 
  • Tim Durkin, Director, Civic Initiatives, Philadelphia Program at The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • TJ Hurst, Deputy Executive Director, Philadelphia 3.0

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