Penny Anderson is the Chief Development and External Affairs Officer for Operation Stand Down Tennessee. Penny brings 18 years of fundraising, marketing, and communications expertise to her role. Prior to joining the Veteran-serving community, Penny served at Chief Development Officer at St. Luke’s Community House, a Nashville-based nonprofit meeting the needs of children, families, and seniors. During her tenure, fundraising grew significantly, resulting in the agency being awarded the 2019 Memorial Foundation Turnaround Award. In addition, Penny spent 10 years working in Atlanta, GA as a National Account Director for Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a Major Gift Officer with the American Red Cross of Georgia, and the Director of Corporate & Foundation Giving for Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. During her career, Penny has been responsible for raising over $13 million for mission delivery, capital projects, and capacity campaigns.
Penny is proud to be a civilian supporter of the Veteran community and has multiple family members and friends who served their country honorably. A Nashville native, she graduated from Harpeth Hall before earning her Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Philosophy from Oglethorpe University where she was a member of Chi Omega, Oglethorpe Student Association, and an OU Ambassador. She has served as a local Girl Scout Leader and was on the board of a grassroots nonprofit in Atlanta serving survivors of sexual assault. She and her husband live in Nolensville with their wonderful infant daughter and two unemployed dogs.