Wharton EMBA Grad Earns Top Post with U.S. Treasury

Congratulations to Wharton EMBA alumnus Dan Tangherlini on his confirmation as assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury. His new role includes serving as assistant secretary for management, chief financial officer and chief performance officer.

“It’s an awesome responsibility,” Tangherlini told the Washington Post. Formerly the deputy mayor and city administrator for Washington, D.C., he has worked for federal and local governments for more than 10 years.  Prior posts also include positions in the policy office of the U.S. Transportation Secretary and in the Office of Management and Budget.

Tangherlini, who graduated from Wharton’s East Coast EMBA program in 2001, credits his Wharton EMBA degree with providing the “tools, knowledge, and experience” that have helped him in his career. “Working for the government, the responsibilities are serious enough, the numbers are big enough, and the challenges are tough enough that we need the best trained people possible, and an MBA from Wharton is very worthwhile,” he says. In fact, Tangherlini believed so much in the value of the program that he sponsored one of his own employees when he was the COO for Washington, D.C. 

Tangherlini is in good company, as other Wharton EMBA grads have also held top government positions. Alumnus Frank Lavin, who graduated in 1996, served as under secretary of commerce for international trade and served as the U.S. ambassador to Singapore.  Ann McLaughlin Korologos, who graduated in 1988, was asked to serve as secretary of labor while attending Wharton. The second woman to hold that position, she also previously served as the under secretary of the Department of the Interior and as under secretary of the Department of the Treasury.  And Rob McCord, who graduated in 1989, is the treasurer of the State of Pennsylvania.