Darren Penny, MBA, Ph.D., FCEP

Darren has worked in philanthropy for 17 years and his experiences range from higher education, an international NGO, healthcare, and numerous volunteer boards and committees. As a seasoned development professional who appreciates the multi-faceted work of his profession, Darren is passionate about making an impact through philanthropy.  He holds a BA, an MBA, and has recently completed his Ph.D. coursework. His dissertation research is currently in process.

When he is not meeting with donors or mentoring young development professionals Darren enjoys exploring the West in any way he can. From backpacking, flying, mountain biking, or running - the landscape of California and beyond is an irresistible invitation to explore. He is a 6-year US Navy veteran who was assigned to an F/A-18 squadron on the West coast.

Darren’s dedication to charitable estate planning and striving for excellence in the development profession is only eclipsed by his devotion to his wife and children. He lives in Northern California and represents the western expansion of the Thompson & Associates team. We are pleased to have Darren as an Associate who represents the highest level of service that Thompson & Associates delivers.

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