Short Courses & Academic Programming

Darrell Park ’91 Visit to Allegheny and Short Course

Darrell Park ’91, an executive, entrepreneur, and author with more than 20 years of experience in public and private leadership, gave a speech titled The Politics of the Federal Budget at 7:00 p.m. on September 9, 2016 in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center. Park earned his Bachelor’s Degree in History from Allegheny and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University. He spent ten years working for two presidents in the White House Office of Management and Budget, and participated in the balancing of the federal budget. Park then earned his MSM at Stanford University. He moved to Los Angeles to pursue entrepreneurial ventures in the tech sector and working with start-up projects. He is the author of “Better Than We Found It: Simple Solutions to Some of the World’s Toughest Problems” and was the Democratic candidate for the 5th District of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.

He led a one-credit short course with Allegheny students that consisted of learning about the federal budget and methods of balancing it. At the end of the course, students were tasked with selecting an aspect of the budget at Allegheny that they thought should be focused on more, and then selecting another area of the budget where funding could come from to support that greater focus.