Penelope McPhee

Former President at The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

Penelope McPhee

Penelope McPhee

Former President at The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

Overview
Career Highlights

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
Grantmakers in the Arts

RelSci Relationships

1955

Number of Boards

10

Number of Awards

1

Relationships
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President & Chief Executive Officer at Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center

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Executive Director at Atlanta Committee for Progress

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President & Director at Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

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Executive Director at Atlanta Committee for Progress

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Treasurer & Director at Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

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Co-Founder at The Home Depot

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Chief Executive Officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

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Executive Director at Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

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Associate Director at The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

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Senior Vice President at The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

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Penelope McPhee
Former President at The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
Education
Master's Degree

The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism is the journalism school of Columbia University. It is located in Pulitzer Hall on Columbia's Morningside Heights campus in New York City. Founded in 1912 by Joseph Pulitzer, Columbia Journalism School is the only journalism school in the Ivy League and one of the oldest in the world. It offers four degree programs: a master of science, master of arts, a variety of dual degrees including a master of science in journalism and computer science, and a doctor of philosophy in communications. The school houses the Pulitzer Prizes, arguably journalism's most prestigious award. It also directly administers several other prizes, including the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award, honoring excellence in broadcast and digital journalism in the public service. It co-sponsors the National Magazine Awards, also known as the Ellie Awards, and publishes the Columbia Journalism Review, a widely respected voice on press criticism since 1961. In addition to offering professional development programs, fellowships and workshops, the school is home to the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, which explores technological changes in journalism, and the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, which supports innovation in storytelling in the digital age. Admission to the school is highly selective and has traditionally drawn a very international student body. A faculty of experienced professionals preeminent in their respective fields, including politics, arts and culture, religion, science, education, business and economics, investigative reporting, and national and international affairs, instruct students. A Board of Visitors meets periodically to advise the dean's office and support the school's initiatives.

Bachelor's in English & Theater Arts with Honors

Wellesley is known for the excellence of its education, the beauty of its setting, its gifted faculty, and the uniqueness of its campus culture. But most of all, Wellesley is known for the thousands of accomplished, thoughtful women it has sent out into the world for over 100 years—women who are committed to making a difference. A Transformative Educational Experience Every year, some 2,400 of the world’s top undergraduate women are challenged to exceed their own highest personal and intellectual expectations. The mastery Wellesley graduates demonstrate across the professional and vocational spectrum, and the influence they wield—whether in their own communities or on the world stage—is testament to a singularly empowering undergraduate experience. Wellesley’s lively academic community places a high value on rigorous, probing inquiry, and creative, cross-discipline thinking. Its collaborative approach to scholarship encourages students to question, debate, and refine their points of view, not only with each other, but with our world-class faculty—often by working directly with them on groundbreaking projects. A Wellesley education fosters the highest standard of readiness for the “real world” in its graduates, in terms of ability to think, act, and contribute meaningfully and effectively in their chosen areas of interest. The “Full-Engagement” Advantage Wellesley’s full-engagement academic philosophy extends to the running of the College itself. The student voice is central to decision-making here; students serve on major committees of the Board of Trustees, participate in faculty search, and contribute to strategic planning. Students participate in a wide range of extracurricular projects: The College and its surrounding community and the greater Boston area offer hundreds of internships, advocacy projects, and the rare advantages of being a vital member of the single largest academic “hotspot” in the country. Expected to be fully engaged while at Wellesley, students carry this sense of purposeful involvement and personal commitment throughout life. It is the signal mark of a Wellesley woman. A Widely Envied Campus Environment The sheer sense of scale of the breathtaking natural environment, in which buildings are thoughtfully sited, distinguish Wellesley’s physical setting in the classically New England town of Wellesley, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. Home to leading institutions such as the Albright Institute, the Knapp Social Science Center, the Davis Museum, The Newhouse Center for the Humanities, and the world-renowned Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley’s resources are a magnet not only for the surrounding community and metropolitan area; they attract attention—and scholars—from around the world. Commitment to Women Everything about Wellesley College bespeaks its commitment to women, and to providing them with an unexcelled educational experience that honors and cultivates not only what is best about each of them, and their own potential, but about what women offer our world.

Memberships
Member, Cities of Service Task Force
Prior
Career History
President
2004 - 2021

Formed in 1995, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation promotes innovative solutions to improve the lives of youth and their families, seeking results that move communities beyond what seems possible today. The Foundation invests in early childhood development, education, greenspace, and the arts and leads giving programs for each of the Blank Family of Businesses, including the Atlanta Falcons.

Vice President & Chief Program Officer
1996 - Prior

Founded in 1950, the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation is a private foundation located in Miami, Florida. The foundation promotes advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. The foundation focuses on projects that promote informed, engaged communities and lead to transformational change. The foundation is independent of the Knight brothers' newspaper enterprises.

President
Prior

Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) is a national network for private, public and corporate arts funders and provides leadership and service that advances the use of philanthropic and governmental resources to support the growth of arts and culture.

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Directors
Current

Atlanta Committee for Progress operates as a nonprofit corporation. The company is headquartered in Georgia, USA. Founded in 2003 by Mayor Shirley Franklin. The organization’s key focus areas have been public sector fiscal accountability; economic development; infrastructure and transportation; K-12 public education; technology and innovation; and culture/quality of life.

Member, Board of Directors
Prior

The Council on Foundations and its members promote the highest standards of ethical behavior. In recognition of the importance of philanthropy toward the public good and those we serve, we adopt these ethical principles.

Member, Board of Trustees
Prior

THE SOUTHEASTERN COUNCIL OF FOUNDATIONS SERVES, CONNECTS, STRENGTHENS, AND CHAMPIONS PHILANTHROPY AND PHILANTHROPIC INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE SOUTH.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$1,000 - $4,999
2018

The Woodruff Arts Center is one of the largest arts centers in the world, home to the Tony-Award winning Alliance Theater, the Grammy-Award winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the vibrant High Museum of Art. Each year, these centers of artistic excellence play host to over 1.2 million patrons at the Woodruff Arts Center’s Midtown Atlanta location, one of the only arts centers in the U.S. to host both visual and performing arts on a single campus. The Woodruff Arts Center also offers remarkable education programming, through each of its arts partners as well as Arts for Learning, the Woodruff organization focused exclusively on education. Through their combined efforts, The Woodruff Arts Center serves over 300,000 students annually and is the largest arts educator in Georgia.

$1,000 - $4,999
2017

The Woodruff Arts Center is one of the largest arts centers in the world, home to the Tony-Award winning Alliance Theater, the Grammy-Award winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the vibrant High Museum of Art. Each year, these centers of artistic excellence play host to over 1.2 million patrons at the Woodruff Arts Center’s Midtown Atlanta location, one of the only arts centers in the U.S. to host both visual and performing arts on a single campus. The Woodruff Arts Center also offers remarkable education programming, through each of its arts partners as well as Arts for Learning, the Woodruff organization focused exclusively on education. Through their combined efforts, The Woodruff Arts Center serves over 300,000 students annually and is the largest arts educator in Georgia.

Political Donations
$1,000
2014

President & Chief Executive Officer at CARE

$500
2010

Former Governor at Georgia Office of Governor, Roy Barnes

$250
2010

Chief Executive Officer, President at Third Sector Development, Inc.

Awards & Honors
2008
YWCA of Greater Atlanta - Woman of Achievement
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