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The Public Policy Making Program


Summer 2016 (Dates To Be Determined)


The program is offered at the University of Maryland campus just outside Washington, DC.


The program is designed for public-sector managers and leaders.  Up to 30 officials may be selected to participate in each program.

Program Summary

The Public Policy Making Program is a two-week program. It provides participants with an understanding of how the political and policy-making processes in the U.S. operate, and extrapolates this to other countries.  The program is designed to create awareness of the policy-making world through sessions that introduce conceptual frameworks to explain and predict the political decision-making process and apply the frameworks to the sorts of decisions facing global leaders -- through case study examples and exercises, readings, and discussion.

Program Elements

The training introduces participants to the people who make and implement policy – former members of Congress, senior legislative staff, active lobbyists, authors, and high-ranking officials from executive agencies -- so that they can both hear from instructors on their area of expertise and also glean from them what made them successful public leaders and managers

Academic Director

Anthony McCann, Senior Lecturer in the University of Maryland School of Public Policy.  

Illustrative Faculty

  • Kenneth S. Apfel, former Cabinet-level officer in the Administration of President Clinton as Commissioner of the Social Security Administration. He has also served as Associate Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.
  • G. Edward DeSeve, former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama who oversaw the $787 Billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Former Controller and Deputy Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.
  • Dr. James Moody, former Democratic Congressman from Wisconsin and member of the House Ways and Means Committee.
  • Ambassador Susan Schwab, professor of public policy, former Cabinet-level officer as U.S. Trade Representative under President George W. Bush.


Citation of Program Completion

An individual Citation of Program Completion will be issued by the School and provided to the participants after the successful completion of the course of study.



The program cost of $6,000 covers tuition, instructional materials, site visit transportation and snacks/meals during the program day. The cost does not include housing or evening meals.


Please contact Tom Kennedy at 301.405.6752 or tkennedy@umd.edufor more information.