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Welcome to Penn Global Alumni and Alumni Clubs

With over 25,000 alumni living outside the United States, the University of Pennsylvania truly has a global presence in just about any community in the world.  Moreover, Penn Alumni can be found leading organizations of every type all over the globe ranging from large corporations, to government offices, and small local associations.  Penn alumni are using their education and experience to make a difference in their home country and beyond.  Penn’s alumni pride also can be found around the world as exhibited by the many volunteer leaders who work diligently to serve Penn as alumni interviewers, club leaders, and local ambassadors.

In Penn’s diverse community of engaged citizens, Penn’s Regional Clubs include over 120 clubs around the world offering alumni the chance to reconnect, to attend lively events and to get involved in collaborative initiatives that impact people and communities.  Club activities range in size and topics, from discussions featuring Penn Integrates Knowledge faculty members at Engaging Minds programs to intimate salon-style conversations, from celebratory happy hours to Penn sports viewing parties and from community and neighborhood service projects to group trips in the great outdoors. Penn Alumni Regional Clubs are charged with providing alumni with a variety of ways to connect to Penn from their own backyard.  Events are sponsored and organized in large part by Penn Alumni volunteers and leaders.

For a listing of current Penn Clubs and School specific clubs around the world, please visit the Alumni and Alumni Club section of the Global Activity Map

Alumni Making a Global Impact

  • Name:  Alana Jacobs

    Country:  Australia

    I graduated from Penn in 2000, and spent the next four years working for Time Inc. in New York.  During that time I managed a number of consumer marketing sources of business for Sports Illustrated and other magazines, and in 2004 I jumped at the opportunity to transfer to the company’s UK office.  In London I became the Circulation Director for Time and Fortune magazines, responsible for the consumer marketing and retail businesses across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.  I was also fortunate to maintain a strong Penn connection by becoming UK Co-Chair of the Penn Alumni Interview Program, collaborating with an incredible group of Penn alumni based in the UK.  I really enjoyed working on global projects, and London was great on a personal level as it’s where I met my husband and had my two mixed-accent children.  We’re a family that loves to travel and likes adventure, and last year we moved Down Under to Sydney where I’m currently GM of Marketing & Operations for a technology startup.  Sydney is a beautiful city and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to be living here – despite having to regularly dodge spiders and sharks. 

Q & A

  1. What book are you reading now?
    • Green Eggs & Ham by Dr. Seuss.  It’s my 4-year old’s current favorite so I’m reading it pretty much every day.

  2. What is your fondest memory of Penn?
    • The crepe truck.

  3. What is the one thing that all visitors in your city must do, or see?
    • Take the Manly ferry to follow-up a morning on the beach with the Harbour Bridge Climb so that you can work up an appetite for Doyles in Watsons Bay.                                                                                   

  4. Looking back, what advice would you now want to give to yourself while you were at Penn?
    • Try new things and nurture curiosities that aren’t necessarily part of your academic path.  I tried to take advantage of living in a city where there were many opportunities to get involved in new things – such as interning at a Philadelphia radio station and working with Nike to teach 6-year olds how to swim.  It would have been great to explore more opportunities while I had the time and flexibility.  And eat more cheesesteaks because they’re pretty hard to come by when you move abroad!

  5. What have you done or are doing now that you believe have the most impact?
    • When we moved to Sydney I decided to jump into the Ozzie beach culture and become a volunteer lifeguard.  My weekday job revolves around making financial impacts, but helping to keep the beaches safe on the weekends feels pretty good.  

  6. What is your favorite Penn tradition?

    • Doing your best Rocky impression running up the steps of the Museum of Art.

  • Global Activity Map
  • Global Activity Map
  • An interactive map that showcases global opportunities for students, global activities of faculty, and the global reach of our alumni.

Penn Alumni Travel

Penn Alumni Travel offers a wide variety of tours to destinations around the world. Trips provide a rich travel experience thanks to their educational character, unique access to special lectures with Penn faculty, and the camaraderie of like-minded intellectually curious travelers. To find out more, please visit the Penn Alumni Travel site.