James Penny, Sr., a native of the Tulsa, Oklahoma area, is a veteran of the U.S. Army. In 2009 he retired from the Dallas Independent School District where he served a Technical Support Manager. Prior to that, he worked in various capacities for the Burlington Northern Railroad and the Drug Enforcement Agency. In each of his professional endeavors, he has been entrusted with fiduciary responsibilities over valuable assets and classified/confidential information.
He has served honorably at Johnson Chapel Community Church in various roles including the Board of Deacons, the Finance Committee, the Male Chorus, and the Food Pantry. In his spare time, he participates in the Par 3 Golf Association, which raises money for scholarships and supports students who attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s). Without a formalized process, James has provided financial support for various students in need over the last 28 years.
This father of five attended Langston University and is currently married to Deedra Walker Penny.