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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:  Amy Finegold

    Country:  United Kingdom

    Amy Ruth Finegold graduated from Penn’s College of Arts and Sciences in 2002 with a major in theatre arts.  She then taught in Manhatan and received her MSED in 2007 from Bank Street College in early childhood and special education.  In 2007, Amy Ruth re-located to London, where she revamped and became President of The Penn Club from 2008 to 2012.  This past year, she has started Amy Ruth’s Ltd, a gluten free healthy baking mix, which she sells to Whole Foods in the UK and various other health food stores in London and throughout the UK.  She also teaches master gluten free baking classes. She continues to serve in the Penn Alumni Interview Program and is an active member of the Penn Club.

Q & A

  1. What book would you recommend to others?
    • I just downloaded “Gone Girl” on my Kindle, a great escape to help get my mind off the day, which is hectic with a young child and a new business.

  2. What is your fondest memory of Penn?
    • My fondest memory would have to be in The Studio theatre in Annenberg. I always loved the rush and calmness I would feel just moments before I’d walk on stage. 

  3. What is the one thing that all visitors in your city must do, or see?
    • Besides the obvious tourist attractions, I think the museums in London are incredible.  The Wallace Collection is a hidden gem.

  4. Looking back, what advice would you now want to give to yourself while you were at Penn?
    • I would have told myself to make a bigger effort to be more outgoing and meet more people.  There are so many talented people who study at Penn. 

  5. What have you done or are doing now that you believe have the most impact?
    • I produce and sell a gluten-free healthy baking mix.  I started it out of necessity.  I help a lot of people and children who can’t digest a piece of cake.  Watching a child allergic to many foods, yet able to eat an “amy ruth’s” muffin, is precious to me.  I also teach allergy friendly baking classes. I have a background in education, so I’ve always taken a lot of pleasure in helping and teaching.

  6. Who inspires you?

    • Women who are able to balance work life and family life inspire me.  I’m still learning how.  If I had to pick two celebrities, Meryl Streep and Giada DeLaurentis.

  7. What is your favorite Penn tradition?

    • The Red and the Blue.  It was sung at my wedding!

  • 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.