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Category: General News, University News

Title: Diverse Set of Leaders Join New Advisory Board at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy

Date Published: October 4, 2021

Advancing strategic priorities, contributing expertise

The board will support the McCourt School in the advancement of its strategic priorities, including its aspiration to one day eliminate tuition barriers for students seeking a policy education, to double the size of the McCourt School faculty and to increase resources for research innovation, in an effort to generate more bold and evidence-based policy solutions that serve the common good.

The board will also contribute their expertise and extend their networks to expand the school’s issue-specific bench of experts and deepen the impact of their work, diversify experiential and career development opportunities for students, advance vibrant community programming at McCourt’s new home on Georgetown’s Capitol Campus, and further embed equity and inclusion within the school and its work. 

Reflecting a commitment to inclusion

In inviting partners to join its inaugural advisory board, the McCourt School took an intentional approach to broaden the set of voices, backgrounds and professional expertise represented among the leaders who will help the school write its next chapter. 

“This inspiring and accomplished set of individuals bring a variety of lived experience and professional expertise that reflect and strengthen our commitment to diversity and inclusion,” said McCourt School Dean Maria Cancian. “I cannot thank these leaders enough for their generosity, and I look forward to engaging them in our efforts to build the most inclusive public policy school in the nation.”

A bright and bold future

This new entity advances the bright and bold future of the McCourt School, and builds upon the momentum created earlier this year by the second transformational $100M investment in the school from Georgetown alumnus and civic entrepreneur Frank H. McCourt Jr. (C’75).

A full $50M will support scholarships and financial aid, increasing access for students historically underrepresented in public policy education, and marking a significant advancement of the school’s aspiration to be the most inclusive public policy school in the nation. An additional $50M will allow the McCourt School to continue making critical investments in faculty and research.

The McCourt School will soon break ground on a new home on Georgetown’s Capitol Campus, a space that will unite the school’s research and teaching arms for the first time, serve as a new platform for innovation and collaboration, and provide a dynamic front door to Georgetown for the policymaking world.