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Judges and Prizes


The winning Penn team receives a cash prize to kickstart its policy proposal.

The 2015 Penn Challenge winning team, Team Schoogle, received a $5,000 grand prize.


The 2016 Penn Challenge Finals Judges are:

  • Luke Butler, Manager, Strategy and Operations, Curalate
  • Councilman Allan Domb, City Councilor At-Large, City of Philadelphia
  • Representative Dwight Evans, 203rd Legislative District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Ted Gaebler, Former City Manager and best-selling author of Reinventing Government
  • Councilwoman Helen Gym, City Councilor at Large, City of Philadelphia
  • Sade Olanipekun-Lewis, Chief Administrative Officer, Philadelphia International Airport
  • Bret Perkins, Vice President, External and Government Affairs, Comcast Corporation

Judges for the National Finals are selected in partnership with Governing Magazine from the pool of accomplished, Governing Public Officials of the Year.

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Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829