McKenna Pencak

Associate Director

McKenna Pencak is the Associate Director for iNDustry Labs. In this role, she manages day-to-day operations for iNDustry Labs and administration of the LIFT Grant. 

McKenna has more than a decade of experience working in higher education administration at the University of Notre Dame. Most recently, McKenna served as Associate Director for the Notre Dame Scholars Program, where she oversaw academic-year programming, enrichment funding, and day-to-day operations for the University’s merit scholarship office. Previously, she served as Program Manager for The Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program, the University’s first merit scholarship program, and Assistant Director of Communications and Outreach for International Student & Scholar Affairs, a part of Notre Dame International. Prior to working at the University, McKenna coordinated national consumer education programs, communications and media relations for Bridgestone Retail Operations, the world’s largest network of company-owned automotive service providers.

McKenna graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, IL, with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Spanish. She holds a Master of Arts in International Education from the School for International Training (SIT) in Brattleboro, VT, and a University of Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA).