Recruited to the foundation in 2005, Penny Lewandowski first served as director of entrepreneurship and then as vice president of external relations and strategic direction from 2013 to 2016. Now as a senior consultant on external relations, she is responsible for developing a strong national presence for the foundation, and for cultivating and managing relationships with the foundation’s partners in entrepreneurship and economic development.
Recognized as a thought leader in entrepreneurship and building an entrepreneurial culture, Lewandowski is a board member of the International Economic Development Council. She is a frequent speaker on new ways to think about economic development – especially how a grow-from-within strategy leads to thriving and sustainable economies — and author of a blog, “Penny on the Edge.”
Prior to joining the foundation, she was executive director of the Greater Baltimore Technology Council and served as director of entrepreneurship and education for the Morino Institute, a nationally recognized entrepreneurship program in Reston, Virgina. She also directed George Mason University’s Century Club, a group formed to build alliances between the university and business community.
In 2003 the Kauffman Foundation, in conjunction with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards, named Lewandowski as the recipient of its prestigious “National Supporter of Entrepreneurship” award.