Michael L. Penn, Jr., MD, PhD
Dr. Michael L. Penn, Jr, MD, PhD is Vice President, Scientific Communications and Outreach at the Gladstone Institutes and Chief Executive Officer of the Gladstone Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the Institutes. Additionally, Dr. Penn is responsible for integrating diversity and inclusion strategies into all of Gladstone’s core scientific and administrative activities. Prior to joining Gladstone in 2012 he worked for more than 8 years at Genentech Inc., where he helped advance innovations in drug development in marketing and business development roles of increasing responsibility. In 2001, Dr. Penn co-founded Building Diversity in Science, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering students to pursue careers in science. He also previously served as a Commissioner for San Francisco’s Health Commission, the policy-making board of the Department of Public Health. Dr. Penn earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Morehouse College and an MD and PhD in biomedical sciences from the University of California, San Francisco.