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Business and government: Diversity, regulation, and sustainability


Penny Naas, President of International Public Affairs and Sustainability at UPS

Date & time

Sep 23, 2021, 4:00-5:00 pm EDT


This is a Virtual Event.

Join us for a conversation with Penny Naas (MPP '93) about key issues in government and business, including diversity, the relationships between the regulated and the regulators, and environmental sustainability. Penny will be joined in conversation by Ford School Professor Betsey Stevenson. View this event on Youtube.

From the speaker's bio: 

Penelope (Penny) Naas is UPS President for International Public Affairs and Sustainability. Penny started at UPS in May 2012, managing the Public Affairs team for the EMEA Region, where she enhanced governmental understanding of UPS and the issues impacting the logistics industry. In 2014, Penny was also asked to oversee sustainability in Europe, and has worked to advance internal and external appreciation of the importance of sustainability for UPS. She then served as UPS Vice President and District Manager for International Public Affairs and Sustainability from January 2015 until early 2020.

Penny started her career in the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she worked for 13 years in various roles covering international trade and commercial issues. Her roles included leading the Office of Europe and creating strategies to help U.S. companies facing market access challenges in Europe, as well as working on task forces to pass trade deals in both the Clinton and Bush White Houses.

She then worked for Citigroup in the Global Government Affairs team from 2006-2012, moving to Europe in 2007 to open the company's first government affairs office in Brussels, Belgium, where she oversaw the various legislative and regulatory issues that arose after the 2008 financial crisis.

Penny has a bachelor’s degree in economics and a Master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She co-chairs the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Trade and Investment. She is a former board member of the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU and the University of Michigan Alumni Board, the American European Community Association and the Fulbright Commission for Belgium and Luxembourg. She is active in UPS’ Women’s Leadership Development program.