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CMU Announces New Executive Education Program for Government Leaders

PITC to support government leaders that can build evidence-based, data-driven organizations

May 20, 2022—Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy announced today a new executive education program to address a critical talent shortage in the public sector—government leaders who can build evidence-based, data-driven organizations. The program, Public Interest Technology Certificate (PITC), supports these leaders as they navigate the complexities of digital transformation and the introduction of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into their agencies.

“We are pleased to offer the PITC to government leaders to help them gain expertise in data management, digital innovation and AI leadership,” said Jackie Speedy, Associate Dean of the School of Public Policy and Management. “The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act mandates federal agency data be accessible and requires agencies to develop statistical evidence to support policymaking. The PITC will empower government leaders to fulfill this mandate.”

PITC has a government focus, with an emphasis on digital innovation and realizable organizational change. The six-month program is delivered in a cohort-based synchronous online mode with an in-person touchpoint and is designed for participants to develop a tight-knit community of peers for support and networking.

The PITC Program consists of three component certificates—Data Management, Digital Innovation, and AI Leadership—that when completed, will earn students the Public Interest Technology Certificate of Completion. Each of the three component certificates, scheduled over a two-month period, will cover key topical areas tailored for the public sector and be led via live distance learning by CMU faculty and select government experts. 

"Public Interest Technologists are helping to shape the government of the future, and improve how the government engages with citizens,” said Program Faculty, Chris Goranson. “Providing better products, services and policies that promote the public good is an important aspect of modern digital service teams. This certificate program is designed to empower government employees with the knowledge and resources necessary to transform government from within. If we want a government that is more responsive to our needs, we have to find ways to equip and empower those who already know how the gears and levers of government work. This certificate program is one important step towards doing just that."

The inaugural program will begin in August 2022.


About Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy
The Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy is home to two internationally recognized graduate-level institutions at Carnegie Mellon University: the School of Information Systems and Management and the School of Public Policy and Management. This unique colocation, combined with its expertise in analytics, sets Heinz College apart in the areas of cybersecurity, health care, the future of work, smart cities, and arts & entertainment. In 2016, INFORMS named Heinz College the number-one academic program for Analytics Education. For more information, please visit