President and Trustee
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
WORKING GROUP SESSION CO-CHAIR, Building a Framework for Change Through Philanthropy
As president and trustee of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Penelope McPhee directs the Foundation’s strategic focus on fostering opportunities for children and youth and enhancing the quality of life in Atlanta and beyond.
Penny joined the Blank Family Foundation in 2004, from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Miami, where she led the $1.8 billion foundation’s grant-making programs.
Before entering the field of philanthropy, Penny had a distinguished career as a television producer and author. Her television programs have won five Emmys, as well as other prestigious awards. For seven years she was on the staff of WPBT, Miami’s public broadcasting station, where she launched its cultural affairs department and served as executive producer of cultural programming.
She is also a noted author whose pictorial history of the civil rights movement, “Martin Luther King Jr. A Documentary: Montgomery to Memphis,” was recognized in 1980 as one of the “Best Books of the Decade” by the American Library Association. Her 1986 book, “King Remembered,” received the New York State Martin Luther King Jr. Medal of Freedom.
Read more about Penny McPhee below, but we are deeply honored to soon be associated with both her and the Arthur Blank Foundation around lifting up and empowering the Vine City area of Atlanta, Georgia. Honored to be associated.