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Kara Mergle, MSSP/MSW’07

  • Director, Strategy, Innovation and Planning, New York City's Administration for Children's Services

“The MSSP program provided me with a strong foundation for a career addressing some of the world’s most challenging social issues. Equipped with the skill set to analyze barriers and pull the right levers for change, I’ve worked with community alliances, policy makers, and Fortune 500 companies to drive system changes for vulnerable people both locally and internationally. SP2 prepared me to design and utilize research to improve systems, while also working directly with communities to ensure that policy is informed by those affected by it on the ground.”

SP2 News

Faculty & Research, Global Engagement

International Experts Assemble to Examine, Investigate Public Health and Epidemics

On May 13 and 14, Jennifer Prah Ruger, PhD, and other international scholars and public health experts will assemble in...

Students from the MSSP 797 course in Havana, with instructor Azahara Palomeque

Student Life, Global Engagement

Social Issues Through a Global Lens: SP2 Students Reflect on Their Immersion Experience in Cuba

For students in the Master of Science in Social Policy (MSSP) program at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2), having both a...

Faculty & Research

National Survey Examines Emergency Department Management of Deliberate Self-Harm

How routinely do emergency room staff members properly provide help to individuals who present for self-harm? Do they appropriately assess...

SP2 Student Emily Berkowitz presents at the APPAM Student Conference

Student Life

Students Present Policy Research on Housing, Immigration, Harassment

Four students from the Penn School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) shared their research across a wide range of...

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