Please tell us your name and title:
Anthony Pennay, Chief Learning Officer
Please give a brief description of your job at The Reagan Foundation and Institute:
In his farewell address to the nation, President Reagan cited the need for “an informed patriotism.” I think that says it all. My job is to help ensure that the more than 70,000 young students we interact with each year grow into the sort of thoughtful, engaged and informed citizen-leaders that President Reagan knew would be vital to the success of America.
What are some of the ways you achieve that?
Our education team offers field trips, summer programs, speaker events, and leadership training, and we award scholarships totaling more than $1,000,000 annually.
What is your favorite thing about working at The Reagan Foundation and Institute?
As a former teacher, I appreciate the moments of awe I see in the eyes of the students when they first see Air Force One, or when they find themselves seated in the Oval Office and imagine themselves being a leader for the first time. We empower students to be the sorts of leaders we know our country will need in the future, and it is inspiring to see the moment these students realize the power they have within themselves—often because of the unique nature of our education programs.
What is a hobby or fun activity you like to do?
I love to read about American history, I enjoy writing, and most of all I love seeking adventure and learning new things with my three children.
What is your favorite place you've traveled?
A couple of years ago I took an American history trip with my children, and we visited New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., We were able to tour the White House and Mount Vernon, and I loved sharing those pieces of our great history with my kids.