Kevin Penn

Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania
Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the Weitzman School of Design
Managing Director at American Securities, LLC


Mr. Kevin Penn (W’83) is a Managing Director at American Securities, LLC, a private equity firm based in New York City. Mr. Penn joined American Securities in 2009. Previously, Mr. Penn founded and led ACI Capital Co., LLC since 1995. Prior to founding ACI Capital, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer for First Spring Corporation, where he managed the firm’s investment activities in addition to having responsibility for all of their private equity, direct investment and public investment portfolios. Previously, Mr. Penn was a Principal with the private equity firm Adler & Shaykin and was a founding member of the Leveraged Buyout Group at Morgan Stanley & Co.

Mr. Penn currently serves as a Director of Frontier Spinning Mills, Learning Care Group, Blue Bird Corporation, and Ulterra. In addition, he serves on the Advisory Board of the Mount Sinai Hospital Department of Medicine and is a Governor/Overseer of Hebrew Union College.

Mr. Penn also currently serves on the Campaign Major Gifts Committee at Penn and formerly served on the Undergraduate Financial Aid Committee. He received a BS Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, graduating magna cum laude, and an MBA from Harvard Business School, graduating with Distinction. He lives in New York City with his wife, Erica Penn, and their four children.