Penny Culbreth-Graft

Penny Culbreth-Graft

A little bit about Penny

  • 33 years in local government management in three states (CO, CA, AZ) with 16 years as CEO; Tribal Government Manager for a Sovereign Indian Nation
  • Adjunct Professor for five universities and Scholar-in-Residence for UCCS, teaching in MPA programs
  • Co-founder of the national organization, Women Leading Government
  • Retired and caring for husband—a disabled Vietnam Veteran, and for her grandchildren

Areas of particular expertise:

  • Financially distressed cities
  • US Military Veterans’ transitional issues
  • Homelessness
  • Beach cities and tourism
  • Organizational structure and design
  • Change management, combing applied public administration theory with quantum physics

Other, non manager, interests:

  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Painting in acrylic, oil, and colored pencil
  • Sewing, embroidery, and making something from nothing
  • Running

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