Our Mission


Public School’s mission is to build a sustainable talent pipeline into local government from the communities that government serves in order to give government the resources to deliver more effective public services.

We believe that local government needs to recruit public university students—the largest pool of diverse, local talent—and train them in the skills to be successful problem-solvers in the public sector.

Our Strategy


Public School's strategy is to facilitate the creation partnerships between local governments, public universities, unions, and other stakeholders that can support the development of talent pipelines, while also helping government to develop a culture of investing in its existing workforce by training existing public servants in problem-solving skills.

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] publicschoolnyc.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.