Paul C. Light, Founding Principal Investigator

The Center is led by Paul C. Light, the Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, the Center will examine the health of the public service both inside and outside of Abu Dhabi for lessons learned, research opportunities, and practical recommendations for explaining, monitoring, and improving the state of the global public service.

The Center is built on the basic premise that public service occurs in all sectors of society. Public service obviously occurs in government, which was the once-standard destination for those seeking to produce public value. However, it also occurs in the nongovernmental sector, where decades have growth have produced a public service that is highly competitive for public service talent, and in the private sector, where social ventures have blossomed as forces for social impact.