Tony Penn

IdeaFunding Networking Reception & Awards Ceremony -
17:00 pm 10/17/2019
Copper Ballroom, Tucson Convention Center

Join us for a Networking Happy Hour (appetizers sponsored by the Coronet) followed by our Awards Ceremony. Vertical Pitch Room winners will be announced, in addition to the presentation of our Community Awards. Through our Community Award Ceremony we recognize and celebrate the individuals who are making an impact on our community through their tenacity, leadership, and innovative thinking.

Tony joined United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona as its president and CEO in 2010. Under his leadership, United Way of Tucson is “Building a Thriving Community by Uniting People, Ideas, and Resources.” With a focus on Uniting for an Educated, Healthy and Thriving Community, United Way convenes local businesses, stakeholders and organizations to find innovative solutions that positively impact more than 150,000 lives in Southern Arizona each year.

Prior to joining United Way, Tony served as a Senior Executive of the YMCA of Greater San Antonio for 8+ years. Tony has also held positions in the for-profit sector, including a 23+ year career with Teradyne Corporation, where he advanced to the position of regional manager. He is also an Air Force veteran.

Tony is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management Southwest Leadership Program. He is also a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio, College of Public Policy in Non Profit Management, and the Harvard Business School Executive Education program in Governing for Non Profit Excellence.

He has served as the Chairman of the Tucson Metro Chamber Board of Directors and currently serves as a member of The Southern Arizona Leadership Council (SALC), Pima Community College (PCC) Chancellor’s Advisory Council. Tony was also appointed by Chief Justice Scott Bales to serve on the Arizona Judicial Council (AJC) from 2015-2018.

Tony received Congressional Recognition for Leadership from Congressman Ron Barber of Arizona in 2013, a certificate of Special Recognition in 2015 from Congressman Raul Grijalva and The Henry “Hank” Ryan Community Service Award, from the University of Arizona in 2012.

Tony and Linda, his wife of 35 years, live in Tucson, Arizona. They have two sons and ten grandchildren.