We're building the next generation of local government leaders.







Transform Your Team


We offer training to local government agencies on creative problem-solving. Our workshops teach critical skills like community engagement and program design.






Build Your Team


We're working with government and academia to build a talent pipeline that connects public university graduates to jobs in local government agencies and trains them on problem-solving skills.




Latest News


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The NYC Dept. of Veterans Service recently announced the launch of the NYC Veterans Mentoring Initiative, designed during one of our workshops.


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Fast Company profiled the piloting of our workshops to train local government public servants in design skills.






About Public School




We founded Public School to help local governments design and deliver better public services by leveraging their greatest asset: public servants. Public School is a fiscally sponsored not-for-profit organization based in New York City.

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Our Team




Dave Seliger

Executive Director and President


Dave formerly worked at the NYC Mayor's Office of Tech + Innovation where he led talent innovation initiatives, including the redesign of nyc.gov/jobs. Dave previously co-founded and led Designing for Financial Empowerment and Civic Service, as well as served in the Mayor's Office of Housing Recovery Operations and the Office of Emergency Management.

Contact: dave [at] hellopublic.org



Pamela Puchalski

Board Director


Pamela is an urban development expert and a Senior Fellow at New America. Pamela previously served as the director of Resilient Communities at New America and created the strategy for 100 Resilient Cities. Pamela has also led the creation of the Global Cities Initiative at the Brookings Institute and worked at the London School of Economics and the Center for Architecture.



Katie Beck

Board Director


Katie is the Vice President of Workforce Development at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation. Katie was formerly the chief operating officer of 4.0 Schools, a nonprofit focused on innovation in education, and led strategy and innovation for Teach for America in New Orleans.