Oversees the team that manages philanthropy and alumni engagement within the College of Engineering in collaboration with peers across campus.
Mary-Knight “MK” Young graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Art History. As assistant dean for development in the College of Engineering, her responsibilities include creating, implementing, and executing a strategic plan designed to increase private support for the college.MK joins our leadership team following 19 years of fundraising in the Philadelphia, PA region and a successful track record securing leadership level gifts, corporate and foundation gifts and planned gifts. In her most recent post MK spent 6 years leading a team at the University of Pennsylvania Health System as senior director of development. In addition to overseeing a team of fundraisers, she was personally responsible for securing significant funds for a portfolio including Healthcare Innovation, Health Economics, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and population health priorities within the Division of Endocrinology. Prior to this tour at UPenn, MK was a development officer at Temple University; director of special projects at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Arts and Sciences; an advancement officer at The Franklin Institute; and she began her career at the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archeology and Anthropology. The roles that MK has held over the last decade have sparked in her an interest in engineering and the role that engineers play in solving the world’s greatest problems.