Maggie Brown

Associate Director for Operations, Graduate & Family Centers

As the Assistant Director for Operations for the Graduate Student Center and Family Resource Center, Maggie is responsible for ensuring both Centers are operating effectively to meet the expectations and needs of our visitors and staff.

Maggie oversees and facilitates the day-to-day operations of the Grad Center, including room reservations and scheduling, the execution of events, supervising the first-floor information desk, and overall building management. She participates in department strategic planning, financial stewardship, emergency planning, and consults on complex building projects and maintenance within the building. She also coordinates with staff, fellows, and student organizations on all aspects of event planning and facilities usage.

Maggie is also responsible for overseeing inventory, purchasing, and supply management for the Grad Center – which means she is the person you (and we) can thank for keeping the free coffee and tea flowing!

In addition to her regular duties at the Center, Maggie serves as an Open Expression Observer and is an Eco-Rep with Penn’s Sustainability Office. Maggie has been honored as a Penn Model of Excellence, the University's highest staff honor, for her involvement with the cross-functional Emergency and Opportunity Fund team in distributing emergency funding in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Maggie holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts, Communication Studies from Bloomsburg University. She started her career as a stage manager and travel coordinator for American Theater Arts for Youth, Inc., a successful traveling children’s theater company based in Philadelphia, before returning to Bloomsburg, where she was the Stage Manager in Residence for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. Maggie began working in university facilities management in 2008, working as the Assistant Theater Manager / Events Coordinator for the Dorothy Betts Marvin Theater and University Conferences at George Washington University.  Maggie came to Penn in 2010, working as an Assistant Building Manager within Perelman Quadrangle for seven years before joining the Grad Center team.

Although unconventional, Maggie's background in theater production and event management provides her with a unique perspective and skillset for managing the complex operations of a bustling student center.

Maggie was raised in Philadelphia and a member of the 257 graduating class of Central High School. Outside Penn, Maggie volunteers as an Alumni Advisor for the Delta Epsilon Chapter (Drexel University) of Delta Phi Epsilon. She enjoys reading a good thriller/mystery novel, cooking, traveling with family and friends to satisfy her love of wine, good foods, and history... and buying one too many indoor plants.   

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