Public Policy

Bill Rivers (Fels ’16) sat down with C. Frank Igwe, PhD (Fels ’07), CEO and founder of Moravia Health, for a conversation on service, leadership, and what his time at Fels taught him about both. Moravia Health is a full service Medicare & Medicaid Home Health Agency, licensed by the State of Pennsylvania. Founded in 2012, it serves over 150 patients in the Philadelphia area.  Bill...
In 2011, the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA), working through a private auctioneer, conducted the first of several auction sales of vacant, “scattered-site” houses and lots. These auctions were the first such sales in the agency’s history. To assess the current status of  properties sold at these auctions, a team of students from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of...
Meghan O'Connor (Fels '16) penned an op-ed for WHYY in advance of a screening of "Raising Ms. President" hosted by Women of Fels. Meghan's article is below. I am a lifelong Pennsylvanian, and I spent the first 25 years of my life without being represented by a woman elected to legislative office. Even now, Rep. Donna Johnson Bullock, in Philadelphia's 195th State House District, is the only...
It has been a long run since March, but for Bill Moen (Fels ’11), the race is over and the staffer for U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) will be an elected official in his own right.   Bill, at age 28, was elected to the Camden County Board of Freeholders in November on the Democratic ticket. He will be the youngest to hold the office in nearly thirty years.  “It is a tremendous...
In early November, 42 current and executive Fels students descended upon Washington, D.C. for a dizzying day of networking with top policy hands from “Think Tank Row” to the White House.  Splitting into groups along lines of interest and policy background, students engaged with high level officials and thought-leaders for off-the-record conversations. “My favorite meeting was with the Center...
Fels alumnus Dylan Hayden has joined the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a Program Analyst in the Baltimore Office of Public & Indian Housing. Hayden will monitor performance and conduct risk assessment for public housing authorities throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region.  “It’s an exciting opportunity,” Hayden said, explaining that he wanted to get back into the...
Describe your work now for Reed Smith. I’m a second-year Associate in the Commercial Litigation Group.  The core of my practice is litigating on behalf of individuals and businesses in disputes over contracts, warranties, product liability, racketeering, and insurance coverage.  I have an extensive pro-bono practice for abused children and low-income persons.  Recently, I’ve been...
Peter Jeffrey (Fels ’16) is not the typical college student. A Wharton undergrad, he will complete his MPA at Fels this spring. But for his summer internship, Jeffrey decided to depart from public finance and management theory to gain national security experience at the International Cooperation Directorate of the Acquisitions, Technology, and Logistics branch of the Defense Department.  “I...
When Philadelphia Business Journal selected its “Power76,” editors wanted “to give a glimpse” of the most influential people in Greater Philadelphia. Fels alumnus Anuj Gupta has made the grade – and for good reason.  In a list which includes University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann and start-up/investor wunderkind Josh Kopelman, Gupta holds his own as the newly-selected general...
Fels second-year Michael Tamayo knows cities. A native of Vallejo, California, he’s been fascinated with solving complex policy challenges at the municipal level since high school. “My hometown filed for bankruptcy when I was a teenager,” he said. “The impact that had on neighborhoods and on the people living in them was what really motivated me to learn more about public policy in cities.” It...
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