Paul C. Light

Nonresident Senior Fellow

Paul C. Light is Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at New York University's Wagner School of Public Service. He came to NYU after serving as vice president and director of governmental studies at the Brookings Institution, designing new initiatives for civic engagement as the director of the public policy program at the Pew Charitable Trusts, educating future public servants as professor and associate dean of the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute, strengthening public management as a senior advisor to U.S. Sen. John Glenn and the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, and overseeing the research agenda at the National Academy of Public Administration. 

Light was also a special consultant to the 1988 National Commission on the Public Service, which was chaired by former Federal Reserve Board chairman, Paul A. Volcker, and has advised Mr. Volcker on public service issues ever since. He is a frequent commentator on public service, has testified on public service issues before the U.S. Congress three dozen times over the past two decades, and is the author 26 books, of which four have won national book awards. Light is an internationally recognized expert on government reform, social innovation, and American national government.