Who’s Next

Nominate someone for Billy Penn’s latest Who’s Next list: Public Service

We’re looking for outstanding under-40 public servants who strive for a better Philadelphia.

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Updated Feb. 12, with additional examples of public service work

Over the past three years, we’ve been honored to meet and highlight more than three hundred outstanding under-40 trailblazers, in a myriad of fields. That’s thanks to the Who’s Next series, a monthly showcase of dedicated young people passionate about lifting up Philadelphia.

Now we’re shining the spotlight on the innovators, the risk-takers and the visionaries who’ve devoted themselves to providing public good and improving our city.

A recent study by researchers at the University of South Dakota found that the best figures in public administration value and exhibit honesty, integrity, lawfulness, benevolence, and selflessness. We’re asking for your help in recognizing Philadelphians who embody these qualities and expend altruistic energy to better our communities.

Public service workers include those who directly provide service — people like firefighters, park rangers, public school principals, librarians, mailpersons, urban planners and paramedics and social workers — but also people in certain kinds of administration and management positions. We’re also looking for nominees who are:

  • Nonprofit board members
  • Employees in city government (for example, in the Water Department or Office of Information Technology)
  • Civic volunteers (e.g. on neighborhood association boards, or pro bono work to improve the environment)
  • Employees at nonprofits
  • Federal department staff (e.g. in the Philly FEMA office or at the Philadelphia Federal Reserve)
  • Individuals involved in local politics
  • Consultants who donate time or services to community orgs

This edition of Who’s Next is presented by the Fels Institute of Government, a University of Pennsylvania graduate program that aims to shape this generation’s leaders in public policy and public management.

To nominate someone to be featured on Billy Penn‘s Who’s Next: Public Service list, fill out the form below — or send an email to monica@billypenn.com with “Who’s Next: Public Service” in the subject line. Please submit nominations on or before March 16.

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