Member, Orange County Interfaith Network Board
Originally from Pontiac, Michigan, Mike Penn came to El Centro, California after graduating from college to serve in the U.S. Navy. He served as Legal Officer during his years there. Four years later he joined the teaching staff at Dominguez High School
in Compton where he met his wife of 40 years.
From teaching, he went into business and became the president and CEO of
Sam’s Produce in Paramount. During this time he participated in the local Rotary Club and organized annual youth forums to bring together community leaders and high school students. After retiring from Sam’s,
Mike became involved in a variety of
community activities. His long time interest in justice led him to apply for the Orange County Grand Jury. He was selected as that group’s foreman for the 2006-7 term. Active on the vestry and a former senior warden of his church, St. Paul’s Episcopal
in Tustin, he felt called to interfaith work.
From 2008 to 2010, Mike served as president of the Interfaith Council of Orange
County. In 2004, he co-founded the Interfaith Youth Council in Orange County bringing together high school teens of many different faith traditions.
While these activities are important in Mike’s life, he is particularly proud of his two children who are attorneys in Orange County and enjoys his time with his three granddaughters.