Our mission is to make public services more efficient, effective, easy-to-use, and equitable by building the local government workforce of the future.

Public School is a New York City-based non-profit focused on building local government’s capacity to solve complex urban problems by recruiting next generation talent, training public servants in critical skills, and designing new ways for agencies to invest in their staff.

The Need

Rapidly Aging Workforce

One out of every three public servants in local government is eligible for retirement.

Untapped Talent Pipeline

At the same time, only 3% of college seniors are taking jobs in government after graduation.

Gap in Critical Skills

Finally, half of all current public servants lack necessary skills for engaging communities effectively.

Our Solution

1. Create Fellowship for Management-Track Jobs

Our two-year Fellowship enables local governments to fill key program, policy, technology, and administration roles.

2. Recruit Top Talent From Public Universities

Public university graduates are the largest pool of local and qualified talent, but have the lowest job prospects post-graduation.

3. Train Fellows for Careers in Government

Fellows receive intensive skills-based training throughout the program, as well as priority hiring for permanent civil service jobs.

Learn more about our Fellowship model

Our Leadership

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.

Contact: pamela [at] publicschoolnyc.org

Katie Beck Sutler

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.

Mark Foggin

Board Director

Mark is the principal of Foggin Strategies and was previously the co-founder and partner of Public Works Partners for nearly a decade. Mark held numerous roles in New York City government and is currently a member of the boards of the NYC Urban Fellows Alumni Association, Citizens Union, Riders Alliance, and the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation, as well as an advisory board member for the Fund for Public Housing.

Contact: mark [at] publicschoolnyc.org