Public policy practitioners, regardless of technical specialization, must lead people, manage resources and be held accountable for their actions.
Public policy missions are accomplished through collaboration — across the public, private nonprofit and business sectors and multiple levels of governance from local to global. Successful implementation of the public interest requires artful and ethical leadership of diverse individuals and groups including a motivated workforce, an engaged public and diverse stakeholders with varying and often competing interests.
At the School, we are training the next generation of policy leaders on how to not only navigate, but excel at managing these relationships. Our graduates gain practical knowledge and skill in:
- Articulating an organizational vision and operationalizing it
- Managing budgets and financial resources and
- Understanding and using appropriate governance tools, such as contracts and grants
Through a range of experiential learning opportunities, case-based class work and attention to current research on practical leadership and management challenges, our students are equipped to link theory to practice. The collaboration between research and practical experience allows students to hone public service motivation and develop critical thinking skills to address the complex problems of today, and tomorrow.