Innovation in Public Policy: Public-Private Partnerships

WCNY Government Affairs Committee (WGAC)

On June 5th, join us for a lively panel discussion on Public-Private Partnerships, including types of PPP structures, potential pitfalls, best practices, and recent examples.  This event is hosted by the Wharton Club’s Government Affairs Committee, which fosters events and projects in the public interest by engaging members of the public policy, public administration, business, and political communities and those affected by them..


Mark Funkhouser, Ph.D.
, Publisher, GOVERNING Magazine, former mayor, Kansas City, Missouri. Funkhouser began his career as a social worker and then went on to become an auditor, first in Tennessee state government and then for the City of Kansas City, Missouri, where he served from 1988 until 2006. Funkhouser was Mayor of Kansas City from 2007-2011. He is credited with stabilizing the city’s finances during his term. He holds several degrees, including a PhD in public administration.


Bill Klun
is a structured and project finance specialist with 20 years of experience in banking, investments and financial advisory.  He has evaluated, structured and closed transactions ranging from $15 million to $1 billion.  Bill serves on the investment committee for energy technology (“CTAC”) at the State of New Jersey Economic Development Authority, is a shareholder in Skystream Markets, Inc. (a pioneer in financial markets technology) and is a Senior Advisor with MJ Beck Consulting, a strategy and advisory firm.  In addition, Bill is an Adjunct Professor of Energy Finance at New York University, where he teaches a graduate course in Environmental Finance at the Center for Global Affairs. Bill is a Managing Member of LMCK Community Partners, an investment partnership focused on public-private investment opportunities in distressed and disadvantaged communities. Bill has an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School, an MA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS Cum Laude from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

William Moen, Jr.
is the Southern New Jersey Director for United States Sen. Cory A. Booker, providing outreach to the state's southern counties and managing the Senator's office in Camden City. He previously served as a legislative aide in New Jersey’s Fifth District, helping draft public policy initiatives at the state level, including social impact bonds. Moen earned a Masters degree in Public Administration from the Fels School of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. Moen received a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Rowan University.

Peter Shulman serves as Assistant Commissioner and Chief Talent Officer for the New Jersey Department of Education.  His work centers around helping to strengthen policy and practice around the recruitment, evaluation, development and retention of effective teachers and school leaders. Prior to coming to New Jersey, Peter led the Teacher Leader Effectiveness Unit at the Delaware Department of Education, where he oversaw the educator effectiveness initiatives as part of Delaware's successful bid for a Race to the Top award.  Peter also served in the School District of Philadelphia and the Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Florida, where he served as Administrative Director in Human Resources.  Prior to entering public education, Peter worked in commercial real estate, as co-founder of and as an analyst with Rockwood Realty Associates. Peter holds a bachelor degree in economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and is graduate of the Broad Residency in Urban Education. 


Thursday, June 5, 2014
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM


Midtown Location (Note: Address will be sent via email to all registered guests 24-48 hours prior to the event to the "Primary Email" address listed in your profile. Please review your profile to confirm that the email address listed is correct.)

WCNY Supporting Members - $20.00 (WCNY supporting membership costs $95/yr at Join/Renew Membership)
Silver, Gold & Benefactor Members - $0
Other Wharton Alumni/Guests - $40.00

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Registration will close on Wednesday, June 4th at 4:00 PM
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