Our Mission



Public School is a non-profit consultancy that works with public sector organizations to solve critical operational 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 departing the NYC Mayor's Office of Tech + Innovation, where he was responsible for internal innovation initiatives. 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, as well as served in the NYC Mayor's Office of Housing Recovery Operations and NYC Emergency Management.

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