Policy Profiles Series

The School of Public Policy welcomes professionals who have pursued careers in policy to take part in a series of virtual discussions about their professional experience. Current and prospective students, recent graduates and the community engage with policymakers about how experts have leveraged their public policy training in their careers.

The School of Public Policy’s webinar series featuring policy experts continues this semester on the second Wednesday of every month at 3 p.m. with guests focusing on diverse policy issues from various employment sectors.  

Wednesday, Oct. 13

3 to 4 p.m.

“Policy Profiles: Christian Soura”

Christian L. Soura, executive vice president of the South Carolina Hospital Association, will speak about his experience in health policy at the state and national levels. He will also talk about his work as deputy chief of staff for Gov. Nikki Haley, with responsibility for the state’s executive budget and policy initiatives. Soura is a former secretary of administration for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and was chairman of the board of PEBTF, Pennsylvania’s largest group purchaser of health insurance.


Wednesday, Nov. 10

3 to 4 p.m.

“Policy Profiles: John Richter”

John Richter will discuss his extensive background in political and policy experience, having served as campaign staff on presidential and congressional campaigns including President Obama’s 2008 campaign in Colorado, as deputy political director for the Clinton-Kaine campaign in Pennsylvania and for the Biden-Harris campaign in Pennsylvania. Richter worked on Capitol Hill for more than 8 years for members of Congress in the House and the Senate, beginning his career in the office of Sen. Bob Casey working on health care, veterans, science, technology and telecommunications issues. He also served as a lobbyist and advocacy and political specialist for the American Nurses Association and WorldatWork. He is currently the federal legislative director at G2G consulting where he oversees the firm's federal clients and their legislative priorities. 


Wednesday, Dec. 8

3 to 4 p.m.

“Policy Profiles: Anne Gingerich”

Anne Gingerich, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofits (PANO), will join the “Policy Profiles” series to discuss her work with the nonprofit community and PANO in partnership with various organizations, companies and government entities. She will talk about her systems approach to her work, engaging multiple individuals and groups to identify and implement collaborative solutions to community problems. At PANO, she “walks alongside” community benefit organizations, increasing their effectiveness, efficiency and financial stability through the planning, training, facilitation and referral services available at PANO.



Recent Events:

Wed., Feb. 10               3 p.m.               Joe Marie
Wed., March 10 3 p.m.           Natalie Krug
 Wed., April 14         3 p.m. Wayne Palmer
Wed., May 12 3 p.m.

Isaac Moore, 

Associate Director of Development for Student Affairs at the University of Maryland

Wed., Sept. 8 3 p.m.

Josh Korn, Director of Global Innovation and Technology Public Policy for Netflix, Inc.

Policy Profiles: Josh Korn

On Wednesday, September 8, Josh Korn, director of global innovation and technology public policy for Netflix, Inc., discussed his background in global, state and federal communications, and technology policy. Korn is an expert on the intersection of technology and entertainment including issues related to artificial intelligence, protection of minors, net neutrality and media law. He spoke about his work to promote policies that support a competitive, open and dynamic internet entertainment market. 


Profiles: Wayne Palmer

On Wednesday, April 14, Wayne Palmer, former principal deputy assistant secretary for Mine Safety and Health (MSHA) in the U.S. Department of Labor joined us for the third discussion in our series. We discuss Palmer's extensive background and career path in both the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. 

Wayne Palmer served in the previous administration as principal deputy assistant secretary at MSHA. Prior to that, he served as senior manager of congressional relations at the nonpartisan Center for Presidential Transition, educating presidential candidates' transition teams on the senate confirmation process. He previously spent 13 years in Congress, including as legislative director for Senator George Voinovich and chief of staff to Senate Republican Conference Chairman Rick Santorum, followed by senior roles at the U.K.’s 2nd largest pharmaceutical manufacturer and a boutique consulting firm where he launched the Rising Stars series of bipartisan delegations of U.S. state & local elected officials to China. He earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Penn State and master of government administration from the University of Pennsylvania, subsequently launching his career in Washington, D.C., as a presidential management fellow at the U.S. Department of Commerce, with rotations through the House Ways & Means Committee, Senate Steering Committee, and White House Office of Management & Budget.


Profiles: Natalie Krug

On Wednesday, Mar. 10 at 3:00 p.m., the "Profile" series featured Natalie Krug, director of the Bureau of Budget Analysis in the Pennsylvania Governor’s Budget Office (GBO). She discussed her path to the Governor's office, the day-to-day operations of her work, and the differences between working for the government and working for nonprofits. 

Natalie Krug has been with GBO for six years, previously serving as the Director of Policy. She holds a bachelor's of science in economics from the University of Delaware and a master's of public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to her time at GBO, Natalie worked at the Economic Policy Institute and Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., and the Keystone Research Center in Harrisburg, PA. She resides in Mechanicsburg, PA, with her husband and son.

Profiles: Joe Marie

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, the "Profiles" series featured special guest Joe Marie, senior vice president and managing director of WSP's Rail Transit Systems Group. WSP provides technical expertise and strategic advice to clients in the transportation and infrastructure; property and buildings; environment; industry; resources (including mining and oil and gas); and energy sectors, as well as offering project and program delivery and advisory services. He is also overseeing the East Side Access Project — the largest transportation infrastructure project currently being undertaken in North America.