Kristen Penczek joined Maryland Public Television’s management team in 2015 and currently serves as managing director, Audience Engagement, within the Development Division.
In this role, Ms. Penczek oversees two MPT departments: Special Events & Community Engagement and Member & Viewer Services. She and her teams are responsible for a number of initiatives including developing and overseeing fundraising-related special events; growing relationships with community partners through outreach activities; assisting with creative concept and logistical planning of internal events; and fostering deeper relationships with Maryland Public Television viewers and members through daily conversations and a variety of community engagement functions and programs.
In recent years, Ms. Penczek and her team were also responsible for the MPT Salutes Vietnam Veterans initiative's public events during the period of 2015-2016 as well as a variety of internal and public activities and events in celebration of MPT's 50th anniversary in 2019.
Before joining MPT, Ms. Penczek was interim executive director of the Baltimore-based International Dyslexia Association (IDA), an organization she originally joined in 2008 as director of conferences. Prior to her six years of service at IDA, she worked as graphic designer and events specialist for the American Lung Association of the Atlantic Coast, Inc., based in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Still earlier she was assistant director of career services at Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina.
An alumna of Salisbury University where she earned a bachelor’s degree with a political science major, Ms. Penczek also holds a master’s degree in sports science and pedagogy from Gardner-Webb University.
She resides in Hampstead, Maryland, with her husband and three children.