Kenya Mann Faulkner

Kenya Mann Faulkner is the director of the Office of Ethics and Compliance. In this role, she serves as Penn State’s Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer and oversees the University’s comprehensive set of programs related to compliance training, athletics compliance and integrity, export controls, youth programs, ethics, and investigations.

Prior to joining Penn State in December 2018, Faulkner was Managing Director for Business Intelligence and Investigations at Kroll, a global risk management firm. She has more than 25 years of experience in higher education, government, and criminal justice and has previously served as a defense attorney, state and federal prosecutor, state inspector general, and Vice President for Legal Affairs and general counsel at the University of Cincinnati. In 2018, she was appointed as the first Chief Integrity Officer for the Treasury Department of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Throughout her career, Faulkner has been recognized with various awards from such federal and state agencies as the U.S. Attorney General’s Office, Internal Revenue Service and the Drug Enforcement Agency. In 2018, Faulkner was named an “Influencer of Law” by The Philadelphia Inquirer for her accomplishments in corporate investigations. In 2011, she was named as the “Diverse Attorney of the Year” by the law journal The Legal Intelligencer.

Among her many affiliations, Faulkner has served on the boards and committees of professional and civic organizations, including the National Association of College and University Attorneys, Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation, Greater Cincinnati Minority Counsel Program, YWCA of Greater Cincinnati and Special Olympics of Pennsylvania, among others.

Faulkner has been admitted to the bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Ohio Supreme Court Bar. She received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Niagara University and a juris doctor from the State University of New York at Buffalo.