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Paul Light

Professor, New York University


Paul C. Light is Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service. Before joining NYU, he was Vice President and Director of Governmental Studies at the Brookings Institution, and Founding Director of its Center for Public Service. He has published extensively on American government, the presidency, nonprofit performance, and organizational excellence, and is the author of 20 books, including The Search for Social Entrepreneurship (2008). He has held teaching posts at the University of Virginia, University of Minnesota, and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He was also senior adviser to the U.S. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, and director of the public policygrant program at the Pew Charitable Trusts.