Penny Hawkins has 15 years of professional experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors in Charlotte, NC. Penny began her career in Private Equity with BlackHawk Capital Management where she focused on communications, investor relations, marketing and operations. After completing the Foundation for the Carolinas Impact Fund for Emerging Philanthropists in 2008 she combined her skill for investor relations with a desire to support growth in Charlotte’s vital philanthropic community. Prior to joining PMA, Penny held leadership development positions at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation, KinderMourn, and Council for Children’s Rights. In her most recent role with Novant Health, she served as the Development Program Manager of the Children’s and Women’s Service Lines. Her focus was on cultivation of major gifts, strategic growth for the service line, and creation of an advisory council to pediatrics. As a Consultant with PMA, Penny’s experience offers her a unique perspective to quickly adapt to new initiatives within an organization and provide high-level thinking that paves the way for strategic growth, process improvement, and organizational development. Penny has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a focus on Public Relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition, she has obtained her CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) designation and obtained Certification from the Wake Forest University Essentials of Business for Nonprofit Organizations.