Our Mission

Public School is a non-profit consultancy that works with government agencies and non-profits to solve critical people, process, and organizational challenges.

Our mission is to enable organizations to deliver more effective, efficient, easy-to-use, and equitable public services.

Our Principles

1. Work on BIG challenges.

We're attracted to helping organizations tackle problems that staff don't have time to solve—like procurement, hiring, and reducing paperwork.

2. Focus on the impact.

We enable teams to remove operational obstacles so that they can get back to focusing on their core mission: delivering effective public services.

3. Engage staff as experts.

Staff are an organization's most important asset. We believe in engaging staff as experts throughout the entire problem-solving process.

4. Create simple solutions.

We like to keep things simple. We'll work to reduce complexity in your organization and create solutions that are pragmatic and easy to implement.

Our Leadership

Dave Seliger

Executive Director and President

Dave Seliger founded Public School in 2016 after a career of leading high-impact systems change and human-centered design work inside New York City government.

Most recently, Dave was part of the brand-new NYC Mayor's Office of Tech + Innovation. Dave kickstarted the City's efforts to reenvision its approach to talent recruitment and development and served as the City’s first-ever coordinator for human-centered design projects. This role included leading the redesign of nyc.gov/jobs and advising City agencies on innovative approaches to delivering public services.

Dave previously co-founded and led Designing for Financial Empowerment and Civic Service, in collaboration with Parsons the New School for Design's DESIS Lab. This work led to the creation of the Service Design Studio at the NYC Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity.

Dave also worked in communications and outreach for the NYC Mayor's Office of Housing Recovery Operations and as a disaster logistics coordinator at NYC Emergency Management during Hurricane Sandy.

Dave's thought leadership has been featured in Fast Company, Route Fifty, Next City, Google re:Work, UK Design Council, Nesta, Living Cities, Gov Tech, and Core77.

Contact: dave [at] publicschoolnyc.org

Our Board

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