Grace Penn

Associate Director for International Affairs and Operations
Office Phone
307A Nassau Hall

Grace Penn is the Associate Director for International Affairs and Operations, reporting to the Associate Provost for International Affairs. She is responsible for supporting Princeton’s oversight of Mpala and advancing the international scope of Princeton’s teaching, research, and service mission. From December 2015 to February 2022 Grace served as the Associate Director for Affinity Groups in Princeton’s Office of Advancement. In this role she helped to lead University strategy for affinity programming. Grace supported volunteer leaders for the Asian American, Black, Latino and LGBTQ+ alumni groups, working with their boards to strengthen organizational capacity and increase alumni engagement. She also managed the planning process for several large scale on-campus affinity conferences to celebrate these groups of alumni. In addition, Grace supported the Princeton Prize in Race Relations, a national prize for high school students doing work in their schools or communities to advance racial equity. Prior to coming to Princeton, Grace worked in K-8 education as a teacher, teacher coach and reading specialist in public schools in the Bronx, NY and West Windsor, New Jersey. Grace has deep knowledge and experience managing a variety of stakeholders, building board capacity, project management and diversity equity and inclusion work. Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Grace is an alumna of Princeton University with a BA in Politics, and also holds an MA in international education from Columbia University.