PennPAC Leadership Transition

Learn more about the planned leadership changes at PennPAC.

Published on October 25, 2021.

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

It is with a sense of tremendous accomplishment and gratitude that I am announcing I will be transitioning from the role of PennPAC’s Executive Director early next spring.  I will remain Board Chair, continue to lead the Advisory Board, and remain deeply committed to the organization.

Since I founded PennPAC in Fall 2010 with the core idea of gathering Penn alumni to leverage their intellectual and professional talents in serving our communities, together we have grown that idea into what PennPAC is today:

  • a nonprofit providing 4 types of programs in 3 cities (and beyond!)
  • an organization that has, to date, assisted 150 nonprofits and provided direct service valued at $7.5 million (and growing rapidly!)
  • a platform that has provided countless opportunities for 1,000+ Penn alumni to utilize their skills and talents and give back meaningfully to our communities
  • a forum for alumni to learn new skills, make connections across generations and professions, serve the nonprofit sector, and explore opportunities, including jobs, Board roles, and even new careers

I am immensely proud of what we have created and thankful for the legion of volunteers that have not only assisted our nonprofit clients, but have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to assure that PennPAC operates, endures and thrives.  It has been a labor of love for so many, and one of the biggest rewards for me is working directly with so many of you.

As PennPAC celebrates our 10th anniversary, it seems the right time to pass the baton. We’re fortunate to have someone already on our team with the vision, energy and passion to lead the organization into its next decade.  In the coming months, Karen Schub Epstein (C’92, W’92), PennPAC’s Deputy Director, will assume the role of Executive Director. Karen has played an integral role in expanding PennPAC’s capabilities and infrastructure since joining PennPAC in October 2019, and I have the utmost confidence in Karen’s ability and commitment to continue to take PennPAC forward.  And I will continue to serve as a thought partner to Karen through my role as Board Chair.

As such, we will now embark on a search for a new Deputy Director. Please share this opportunity. This is an important piece of PennPAC’s transition, as we’ve evolved from a 100% volunteer team to now include a small professional staff that ensures sustainability and quality, for both our volunteers and clients.

I treasure my relationships with YOU – our nonprofit clients, volunteers, supporters –and thank you for sharing my vision for harnessing Penn pride to help nonprofits thrive.


Jackie Einstein Astrof
PennPAC Founder and Executive Director