Kevin Penn Inducted onto Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Friday, September 7, 2012

Kevin S. Penn, a Managing Director at American Securities, was inducted onto the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) at its meeting on June 25, 2012 in New York.

Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President, said, “Kevin Penn’s passionate commitment to his community and the wellbeing of the Jewish people is a source of inspiration.  We look forward to his wisdom and guidance in advancing our mission in preparing rabbis, cantors, educators, Jewish non-profit management professionals, and scholars to serve the North American Reform Movement, Israeli Progressive Movement, and world Jewry.”

Penn joined American Securities in late 2009, focusing on consumer, financial services, industrial, and power and energy. Previously, he was a Managing Director at ACI Capital Co., LLC. Since founding ACI in 1995, he led the overall responsibility for all aspects of its activities. He served as an Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer at First Spring Corporation, where he ran... the firm's buyout activity in addition to having responsibility for all their private equity, direct investment, and public investment portfolios. Prior thereto, Penn served as a Principal at Adler & Shaykin and was a Founding Member at Morgan Stanley & Co.’s Leveraged Buyout Group. Mr. Penn currently serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of Accent Energy; Cornhusker Energy; Healthy Directions; Excel Polymers; Highland Financial; Jenny Craig; SEMX; and Sundance Holdings Group. He is also a Member of the Investment Committee of American Securities-Hamilton Lane Chine and an Overseer at the University of Pennsylvania Schoolof Design. In addition, he is a Member of the Undergraduate Financial Aid Committee of University of Pennsylvania and serves as a Member of Advisory Board and Board Member of the Mt. Sinai Hospital Department of Medicine. Penn received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, graduating with distinction, and a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, graduating magna cum laude.

Penn is a product of the Reform Movement at its best.  He was a camper for many years at Camp Eisner and has been active with their alumni, contributing to future funding of that camp. In addition, during his high school years in Long Island, he was affiliated with LIFTY – the Reform Jewish Youth movement. 

Penn joined HUC-JIR’s Eastern Region Board of Overseers in October 2007 and has been a transformative influence.  He serves as Vice Chair and on both the Executive and Board Membership Committees.

He and his wife, Erica, live in New York City with their four children.  They are members of Central Synagogue.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu