Shani J. Penn

Shani Penn

Trustee Penn has over 12 years of corporate experience, and over 8 years of community service experience in the City of Detroit. She served as senior strategy advisor for Governor Rick Snyder for three years in the executive office.

Penn is the President and CEO of JPW Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm established in 2012. JPW Strategies offers specialized consulting in the areas of municipal government, contract negotiations, strategic planning, automotive client relations management, executive training and operations streamlining. Penn's background includes work as advisor and chief of staff to Detroit's Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, and several positions with Daimler Chrysler Financial Services and Chrysler Financial.


  • Marketing, WMU, 2000
  • Master's degree in human resources, Central Michigan University
  • One year of MBA studies at University of Michigan Ross School Of Business

Additional information

  • Favorite Book: To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.
  • Success in one word: Integrity