Our Story

Since our founding in 2011 by David Gibson, the late Sylvia Harris, and Chelsea Mauldin, PPL’s community of staff, fellows, and board has grown to include dozens of multidisciplinary researchers, strategists, and designers — all committed to creating public programs and policies that better serve the people.

People sit at picnic tables in Dumbo Square with the Brooklyn Bridge, brick buildings, and Citi Bikes surrounding them.

You’ll find PPL HQ in DUMBO, a former industrial neighborhood on the East River in Brooklyn.

Working at PPL

Our ability to be human-centered practitioners in the world begins with care, respect, and dedication inside our team. We have a transparent pay scale and collaborative decision-making processes, and our permanent staff have health benefits, retirement plans, and unlimited paid leave. We talk about our feelings, and we encourage personal and professional growth. 

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We’re always open to talking to folks who have the skills, experience, and passions to join our team. We may not be hiring for a specific role right now, but you can share your interest with us through our General Application.

Our Team

We’ve built a team that values multidisciplinary professional skills, a diversity of backgrounds, and prior experience using public services.

Our Board

Our nonprofit board of directors is composed of thoughtful and generous professionals who provide organizational governance and strategic advice to our team.



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While our staff tend to have formal backgrounds in research, design, or strategy, they work on multidisciplinary project teams on which they collaboratively do all the things. 

Past Fellows & Staff

PPL’s past project fellows and staff members remain part of our community. We’re proud that many of them have continued in public-interest roles.

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